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Owens brings openness to Grovetown post

Posted: June 20, 2012 - 12:07am

A minor unpleasantness seems to have passed peacefully for the citizens of Grovetown.

As a report from News-Times staff writer Valerie Rowell noted, city officials recently released the results of a private investigator’s examination into allegations involving the city’s Public Safety department.

That report, which in essence was shelved upon the resignation of Chief Al Robinson, revealed that Public Safety staffers had complained about comments from Robinson that they found offensive – including referring to children in a trailer park as “half-breeds.” Other staffers said they’d been discouraged from speaking up about problems with the department, or raising issues with the city leaders.

Some of those complaints are just part of doing business in any workplace, but Robinson’s resignation in essence acknowledged that the work environment with the department had become unsustainable.

That’s certainly not good, especially for a city on the move like Grovetown. Veteran officer Gary Owens now has a vote of confidence from city leaders to keep moving the city forward as the new chief, and already is opening up communications inside and outside the department to reflect that new attitude.

Best of luck to Chief Owens – and to the city of Grovetown.

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soapy_725

Openness

Openness, doubt that in any government system. Better use the "mushroom theory". Keep them in the dark and feed them sh__.

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