PTC police supervisors send letter supporting Clark

A group of supervisors with the Peachtree City Police Dept. have delivered a letter to Mayor Don Haddix and members of the City Council stating their confidence in Chief H.C. “Skip” Clark. The May 21 letter cited misleading comments and misinterpretations in local newspapers and blogs that the group of 14 supervisors wanted to address in their affirmation of Clark and his leadership of the department.

The letter was signed by 14 supervisory staff that included six lieutenants and eight sergeants. None with the rank of captain were included as signatories. The group of supervisors referenced the letter as a “Statement of Confidence” intended to show support for Clark and his leadership in the department.

The Citizen attempted, but has been unable to identify a spokesperson for the group of supervisors to shed further light on their position. But based on the contents of the letter it would appear to be related, at least in part, to the news reports and subsequent blog postings that followed the recent proposal by City Manager Jim Pennington to eliminate three captains from the department.

The letter of support was authored two days before The Citizen published an article in which Chief Clark was accused of “intimidating witnesses” in an investigation about Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) complaints filed by city employee and former police department employee Lisa Ficalore.

The text of the letter reads:

“The supervisors of the Peachtree City Police Department would like to take this opportunity to express a Statement of Confidence in regards to our loyalty and dedication to the leadership of Chief H.C. ‘Skip’ Clark, II. Since Chief Clark’s appointment in 2008, the quality of police services provided to the citizens of Peachtree City, and the quality of the work environment of the Peachtree City Police Department, have increased exponentially.

“Recently there have been many misleading comments made concerning Chief Clark documented in the local newspapers and blogs. We, the undersigned supervisors of the Peachtree City Police Department, have major concerns for recent misinterpretations about Chief Clark’s competent and ethical operation of the department.

“If these misinterpretations are not competently challenged, the citizens of Peachtree City could misperceive Chief Clark’s leadership ability. We, the undersigned, are prepared to support Chief Clark’s continuing vision to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of police operations. Moreover, it should be directly noted that recent threats of litigation made by anonymous bloggers against Chief Clark appear to be baseless, frivolous, and slanderous attempts to discredit Chief Clark’s character and manipulate legitimate management decisions.

“Each of us has been employed by the Peachtree City Police Department well before Chief Clark was appointed in 2008. We can all attest that, beginning with his appointment, officers at all levels within the Police Department have been expected to maintain the highest standards of leadership, professionalism, and ethics. He has led by example in all of these areas. Chief Clark has held every officer, at every level of responsibility, accountable for their actions and performance.

“As the Lieutenants and Sergeants, our education and experience levels rival any comparable police agency. Collectively, we represent over 215 years of law enforcement experience in a variety of fields, multiple Masters’ Degrees, extensive military experience, invaluable field operations experience, an FBI academy graduate, and a priest. We affirm that we believe in Chief Clark’s vision for the Peachtree City Police Department, we believe in his character, and we respect him as our leader.”

The officers signing the letter included Lt. John Jenkins, Lt. David Hill, Lt. Mark Brown, Lt. Jason Epps, Lt. Jennifer Michel, Lt. Matt Myers, Sgt. Sam Smith, Sgt. Steve McCook, Sgt. Odilia Bergh, Sgt. Brad Williams, Sgt. Heather Jones, Sgt. Gary Meier, Sgt. Kay Crider and Sgt. Leland Crider.

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Lack of Integrity

You might want to consult your physician .It sounds like you need to back off the estrogen and increase the lithium dose. I commend you on your communication skills, but your speech to text program has flaws in it. I know its hard to function when your in a straight jacket. The menopausal symptoms you exhibited are natural. Just remember others around you have to live it as well.
You quote the definition but lack the ability to comprehend it. I cant help you with that. I can dumb it down to your level this time but I doubt if you will ever get it.

I wonder what your deposition will contain.
While still attacking Ms Lisa, I see you have thrown a captain under the bus as well. Can you get promoted by decimating others at PTC? If you can, your in the running the next upgrade. Your so good at it you might qualify the Chief’s position. That’s a thought. You could bring him down and get his job. Why don't you just come out and say you enjoy backstabbing. It suits your integrity.
If you could do your amazing job without bringing others down to your level you could increase public safety on your own.
It’s hard to believe you are a city employee. The city has to have higher standards than what you qualify for, although a blind hog can find an acorn every once in a while.
What is your solution to help PTC ? I bet it involves getting rid of more people in your way to the top. Get your story straight before you post it.
Keep denying your not involved and takeover after those who have been excommunicated from the PTC click. Sorry, I may have went over your low- brow. I am trying to keep it simple for you.
Don’t let your jealousy and insecurities consume you. It’s not attractive.You cant get ahead without your looks. de et scriptor ludere
i anit edjumacated az goood as u tink u r

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26 in whatever.We uns must be stopid cuz nothin you sad made

senz. Cud you get more edumacated and writ us somtin splaining what you say befo? Maycome it be that 26 inches weighed don your brain cels.

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Huh?

what the hell was this?

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Missing gun

1 of our Village Idiots (who probably postures on the site) has lost something. From the Lost & Found classifies:
Smith & Wesson – lost 9mm on May 31'st in the vicinity of Stonington Dr and Peachtree Parkway North. Gun is loaded, should be handled with care. If found, contact the Peachtree City police. 770-487-8866. Case # 12-11697.
Good job Gomer. Even Barney kept his cat'ridge in his shirt pocket.

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nice

Why do I hear Lee Greenwood singing "Proud To Be An American" when I read this?

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Too many Cap'n

There are obviously too many captains. The chief thinks so, the city mgr thinks so, the Lt's think so, & the sgts think so. I think there are too many cops in general using too many cars. The chief should have the right to have his people and be judged by their performance. I am sure these well qulified captains will have no problem finding employment outside the "Bubble". But then again, who wants to leave the "Bubble" and actually have to do some police work? For the EEOC complaint.. Maybe if you can't work a regular job; you qualify for disability. It looks like some jobs just need to be eliminated and there is alot of fat in the PD.

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Integrityisrare[in téggrətee] [iz] [rer] ox·y·mo·ron [òksee máw

Integrityisrare[in téggrətee] [iz] [rer] ox·y·mo·ron [òksee máw ròn]

Sounds to me like you are the one responsible for the letter. Did the Chief proofread it before you made them sign it? In some way, You obviously have gained from the demise of Ms Lisa’s career at PTC. Are you one of the people that are in line for a promotion for playing ball? You have way to many of her personal facts to share. She must be a good person if you hate her so much. The deep jealousy, and contempt you emaciate towards Ms Lisa only helps her.
Good Job, way to help her out.
How bout this? Lets say this time ,you were to send the letter around to all the police men and women that work for PTC. How many of those could you make sign it, or maybe they can find employment elsewhere a little easier and not worry about the consequences.
You might want to get your resume ready. I don’t know if your beloved Chief will make the next contract. New regimes need a new Assistant.
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Really?
25 ft tape wrote:

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Sounds to me like you are the one responsible for the letter. Did the Chief proofread it before you made them sign it? In some way, You obviously have gained from the demise of Ms Lisa’s career at PTC. Are you one of the people that are in line for a promotion for playing ball? You have way to many of her personal facts to share. She must be a good person if you hate her so much. The deep jealousy, and contempt you emaciate towards Ms Lisa only helps her.
Good Job, way to help her out.
How bout this? Lets say this time ,you were to send the letter around to all the police men and women that work for PTC. How many of those could you make sign it, or maybe they can find employment elsewhere a little easier and not worry about the consequences.
You might want to get your resume ready. I don’t know if your beloved Chief will make the next contract. New regimes need a new Assistant.
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I wasn't going to respond but since I was back on her playing around, I decided to clarify.

First off, lets look at your opening comment "Sounds to me like you are the one responsible for the letter. Did the Chief proofread it before you made them sign it? In some way, You obviously have gained from the demise of Ms Lisa’s career at PTC."
For one, I do NOT - nor have I ever - worked for the city, county, or any other affiliate. I don't really care about who gets cut or who stays. I don't have a vested interest either way. I have known officers, supervisors, Captains and the Major through the years but business is business and my opinion is just that... Also, not many people would have gain from the 'demise' of Lisa's 'career' except, maybe, a local high school student who would be looking for part time work as she climbs her educational ladder. I mean, really? She is admin...at best, when she does work. I'm not knocking the position but it's not like it's a high reigning title that people are clammoring for.

"She must be a good person if you hate her so much. The deep jealousy, and contempt you emaciate towards Ms Lisa only helps her." Really? For one, she has no work ethics and appears to play the victim and look for pity so there is nothing there to be deeply jealous of. She can't hold a position (outside of the favoritism she received from Murray), gets released or moved around from every position she holds because she appears to be inept at best. How my opinion, one who doesn't have a stake in any of this, actually hurts or helps her is beyond me. But, I do say that your response sounds like you DO have a personal interest.

Also, you may want to look up your "big words" before you use them. I can not 'emaciate' towards Ms Lisa" since it means:
Definition of EMACIATE
transitive verb
: to cause to lose flesh so as to become very thin
intransitive verb
: to waste away physically
Synonyms(works that mean the same thing - to those who are not educated enough to know the meaning): decay, droop, weaken, fade, fail, flag, go, lag, languish, sag, sink, waste (away), wilt, wither

I know for a fact that the chief did not request this letter to be written nor was he aware of it before seeing it signed and delivered to him and City Hall. And, I understand there to have been others who wrote similar letters of support after this one was made public. Personally, your contempt and anger makes you sound like a disgruntled employee or one of the officers that were 'let go' in recent years. Or, maybe you're a certain Captain who is attacking the Chief so she can save her job. (hmmm?)

I would like to respond to your comment "How bout this? Lets say this time, you were to send the letter around to all the police men and women that work for PTC. How many of those could you make sign it, or maybe they can find employment elsewhere a little easier and not worry about the consequences."
I am sure that your comment is exactly the reason the supervisors did what they did and did not pass it around to the patrol officers. That would lead to some signing it because their superior officers were asking them to, not because they wanted to. I think that shows some class and responsibility on the supervisors part to do it the way that they did. If individual officers want to write a complaint or a letter of support, I am sure they could. And, while we are at it, if she is so sure of her claim, why don't they depose all of the staff and see who REALLY supports her. Taking statements just from the few (who's jobs are at risk and are also disgruntled) and posting that in the paper doesn't make for complete information. I feel bad for her husband who has to show his face at work knowing his wife is abusing the system.

And finally, my favorite from your comments: "You might want to get your resume ready. I don’t know if your beloved Chief will make the next contract. New regimes need a new Assistant."
I have an amazing job that has nothing to do with this situation, the County, Public Safety or government. I gather from that comment that you think the Chief's assistant wrote my comments. I assure you that she did not. I don't care either way on a personal level about the Chief making the next contract, but I do however care for what is in the best interest for my city that I live in and raise my family in. I care that my children are safe when they go outside to play and that if something does happen, there will be people who are trained to respond and show up to help. I think it's sad that you/she/they work so hard to tear down someone who has appeared to do a good job over all. If we have any say, Chief Clark will have many more years to continue improving the city and it's Police Department. I will make sure to vote all the numbskulls out who oppose what will only make our city safe. We already have crime moving in pretty rapidly. Do you want to have a department that could care less and can't close cases? I don't!

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GOOD FOR THEM! BRAVO!

Despite no pay raises in over 3 years, their evaluations becoming more strictly regulated (therefore tougher to get higher marks) and all the flack they get from the citizens that persecute them for doing their job, these men and woman chose to have the zeal to speak their minds and stand behind their chief. Good for them! If you notice, it is every single one of the lead supervisors on each and every shift/department signed their names to this letter. It speaks volumes that EVERY Lieutenant and Sergeant I the department put their hand to this statement. They had no expectation of any reward for what was written. It appears they simply did it to do the right thing and try to correct some of the wrong that has been written about their boss. Well, bravo to them!
It speaks volumes to the chief’s credit and to what they think of the disparaging remarks that have been made. It’s amusing at best that the employee who has filed the EEOC complaint has been eliminated from her other position at City Hall as well. If everyone is scrutinizing her and not satisfied with her work, maybe, just maybe she isn’t doing a good job. As far as the complaint of discrimination on the “grounds of gender and disabilities” goes, according to the Peachtree-City.org website the “Assistant to Chief” (who essentially replaced her) is a female. Doesn’t sound like gender played a part at all. And, if endometriosis and allergies are a disability, heck, no one in Georgia would be able to hold a job. Everyone has allergies. Plus, my question is this?... did those allergies just manifest? She didn’t seem to have a problem before Chief Clark did she? Maybe she did and the previous regime let her get away on her “good looks” (since that seemed to be a qualifying quality for the previous chief). Also, I have heard from someone who knows a PTC officer (and has it on good sources) that Mrs. Ficalore went on a cruise during one medical leave and shopping excursions during another and was seen “working” at a sale in town during another. Please explain to me how, if you are in too much pain to sit at a desk and work, you are able to walk and dance and play and work somewhere else. Maybe the EEOC needs to take a harder look at who her witnesses are and what she really has going on. The “witnesses” seem to have an ulterior motive to get back at the chief.
All I know is, as a citizen of Peachtree City, I could easily complain about getting tickets or how the cops should be doing something better than pulling people over but I am proud to say that I feel safer at home than I do anywhere else and I have them to thank! I can also say that it seems to me that the officers as a whole support their chief and seem more visible to the community and happier to interact with the community since Chief Clark’s arrival.
On a final note: Thank you to all the ones who had the courage to write this statement and support the Chief. It took guts and integrity to do so.

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