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Records reveal city's issues with former police chief

Documents site 'unbecoming' conduct, social media policy as reasons for termination

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POSTED: July 17, 2013 5:00 a.m.

Former Pembroke Police chief Mark Crowe had been under the scrutiny of city officials for a number of reasons since at least April 2012.
That’s according to documents regarding his termination released by the city following a Freedom of Information Act request by the Bryan County News.

Among the information contained in the documents:
Crowe was officially fired June 11, a day after the city released a written statement announcing his resignation and the appointment of Sgt. Stacy Strickland as interim chief.
At the time, Crowe said he had been given the option of accepting a demotion, apologizing to local body shop owner and former Pembroke council member Joey Burnsed over Crowe’s awarding a bid to repair patrol cars to an out-of-county body shop, or being fired. He then said he would go to work but was told he had been terminated.

Crowe, who attended the most recent City Council meeting with family members and supporters, has since referred questions to his lawyer, Hinesville attorney Jeff Arnold.
Arnold did not return a phone call by press time Tuesday. City officials have declined comment, saying it’s a personnel issue.

Read the full story in the July 17 issue of the Bryan County News. 



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