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Grovetown Public Safety director to retire

Announcement made amid probe of department

Thursday, April 19, 2012 5:10 PM
Last updated Friday, April 20, 2012 1:35 AM
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Grovetown Department of Public Safety Director Al Robinson has applied for early retirement in the midst of an investigation city officials recently launched into his department.

Robinson, who has been with the department since 1988, applied Tuesday for early retirement, Mayor George James said.

Robinson’s resignation letter said he was retiring for “personal reasons,” James said.

“He’s quit. He’s retiring,” James said. “He said he’s ready to move on and wanted to put in for his retirement.”

Robinson’s departure comes amid an investigation into claims of misconduct by a Public Safety employee. The allegations surfaced in March, and city officials hired a private investigator to research the claims.

City council members heard a report from the investigator during a closed session of an April 9 meeting. They chose to wait two weeks for the investigator’s formal report before taking action on the allegations.

James wouldn’t say whether Robinson’s decision was connected to the investigation.

A phone message left Thursday afternoon for city attorney Brendan Fleming wasn’t immediately returned.

After serving as a deputy sheriff in Randolph County, Ga., Robinson was hired by the Grovetown department in 1988 as road patrol officer. He was named the city’s first full-time investigator in 1994 and was promoted to captain in 1995.

The city council appointed him director of Public Safety in June 2000.

James said city officials will soon solicit applications to fill the position from inside and outside the department.

Capt. Gary Owens, the department’s public information officer, will serve as interim director.

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211lover
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211lover 04/20/12 - 03:43 am
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This should be interesting,
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This should be interesting, if it ever gets published.

WAG
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WAG 04/20/12 - 07:28 am
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Everything in Grovetown

Everything in Grovetown government is corrupt.....If they started checking noone would be left....

urright
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urright 04/20/12 - 11:03 am
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An open records request

An open records request should take care of all the questions. I can't believe they still aren't admitting that the investigation was into the Chief.

c6murphy
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c6murphy 04/20/12 - 11:07 am
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Grovetown has some very

Grovetown has some very helpful employees at city hall. However, the mayor needs to be replaced, he seems to care little about the residents.

my.voice
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my.voice 04/20/12 - 11:36 am
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Retire, squirm out of a hole,

Retire, squirm out of a hole, run for your life.......all the same meaning in this case.

everybodylies
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everybodylies 04/20/12 - 03:13 pm
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The residents of Grovetown
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The residents of Grovetown NEED to hear from the city counselmen/woman the reasoning behind this QUICK retirement decision with hopes that the conclusion of the investigation did not reveal any unwanted racial slurs or any inappropriate / unauthorized transactions with city funds........As a resident of Grovetown, I want to know!!!

EyeMaeNo
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EyeMaeNo 04/20/12 - 03:07 pm
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Why is Mayor James stating
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Why is Mayor James stating that they will be taking resumes from inside and outside of the department when it is KNOWN that they have already "hand selected" the next director? And I agree; I would like to know exactly what is being covered up both financially as well as the "slurs" that came out from that high-ranking official in Grovetown.

JustLQQking
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JustLQQking 04/20/12 - 04:55 pm
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I too would like to know what

I too would like to know what the report stated and the reasoning behind the rapid decision of the council and the early retirement. The council should not be so quick to point fingers at others if they are not ready to have the finger pointed at them. The entire council needs to be recalled and have internal investigations into their actions as well. The interesting fact that two brothers are serving on current council, a councilwoman who was married to a relative of the current Mayor and is now married to an employee of the same department that is being investigated. Makes the general public wonder how much more is being covered up than they would like to reveal. Just how much of this rash decision could border on personal issues they may have had with Chief Robinson ? Just how much could border on malfeasance of our high and mighty elected public officials? Chief Al Robinson helped Grovetown and invested many years in the City of Grovetown and now his name and his family's name is being smeared by those who feel they are judge, jury and executioner and their only motive is a self serving agenda and personal vendettas. The inquiring public, the same public that elected these people to office and pay their salaries, would like to know the truth and the WHOLE story.

oneconservativetoanother
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oneconservativetoanother 04/22/12 - 09:35 pm
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Robinson was a"yes" man from

Robinson was a"yes" man from the tme he was appointed to his position. Anyone who knows the folks that work in the dept know they are good, honest, hard working individuals doing the best job they can with what they have. To say that "racial slurs" caused this sudden retirement is strange and questionable at best. Somebody had it out for somebody and everybody is related to somebody on the commission. It is distrubing to know that family ties, personal relationships/friendships dictate the government of a small town. Watch out Grovetown - you may just get swallowed up by Col Co and their good ol' boys.

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