WINDER, Ga. -- An investigation into an alleged cheating scandal at the Winder Police Department resulted in four people losing their jobs and another initially placed on administrative leave getting reinstated and named interim chief.
In a statement released Tuesday night, Winder Mayor David Maynard said the investigation resulted in the resignations or dismissal of Chief Dennis Dorsey, Lt. Frank Farr and officers Joey Lovinggood and Randel Michael.
The allegations stemmed from improper testing procedures during a physical agility test.
Initially placed on leave, Maj. Jim Fullington was returned to active duty and named interim chief.
“Major Fullington understands the process that the city went through and appreciates the support of the administration,” Maynard said. “He pledges his full dedication to move the department forward during this interim period and the city remains committed to providing excellence in public safety, upholding the highest ethical and operational standards.”
A November news release from Maynard alleged irregularities in the way a test was administered within the police department. Winder city attorney John Stell enlisted Cartersville, Ga., city attorney David Archer as special counsel to conduct an investigation.
During this investigation, Dorsey, Fullington and Farr were placed on paid administrative leave.
Maynard said the allegations stemmed from improper testing procedures during a physical agility test.
“My review of all the information concerning the improper testing procedures led me to the conclusion that Major Fullington acted properly in response to the information he received,” Maynard wrote in the statement. “He is now acting interim chief. ... The city will immediately begin the process to hire a permanent chief.”
Though not criminal, Maynard said the conduct uncovered in the investigation could not be taken lightly.
“The investigation of the Special Counsel has revealed that indeed improper testing procedures occurred and there was an insufficient response by senior command,” he said. “While these acts and omissions do not rise to the level of criminal conduct, they are unacceptable.”