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Harlem police chief quits

Thursday, April 18, 2013 2:25 PM
Last updated 11:56 PM
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Harlem officials are looking for a new police chief for the fourth time in four years after David Sward resigned Thursday.

Harlem Police Chief David Sward gave no reason for quitting.  Special
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Harlem Police Chief David Sward gave no reason for quitting.

City Manager Jason Riz­ner said Sward submitted his resignation letter at a weekly meeting Thursday without citing much reason.

“He hadn’t given any indication previously that he was going to do that,” Rizner said. “It wasn’t a situation where any one thing that was indicated that precipitated (it). We just didn’t get into any reasons there.”

Sward could not immediately be reached for comment. His resignation is effective immediately.

Assistant Chief Jim March will oversee department operations until an interim chief is named.

“We’re going to try to get somebody in place as soon as we can,” Rizner said.

Sward is the fourth leader of the department since 2009. Jerry Baldwin, under whom the police and fire departments merged into the Department of Pub­lic Safety, resigned in January 2009 after he was caught shoplifting.

Jesse Bowman replaced Bald­win in March 2009 but stepped down in September 2011. Interim Direc­tor Benje Cowart led the department until Sward took over in January 2012.

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Cynical old woman
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Cynical old woman 04/18/13 - 01:53 pm
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Good ol boy

Network in Harlem runs them all out! Best we've ever had was the Bowman guy and the powers that be ran him off!

bclicious
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bclicious 04/18/13 - 05:39 pm
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I saw this coming!!!

When will the city council realize that you can't hire all these old used-up police chiefs? You need to hire a 35-45 year old intermediate level (Sergeant level or above) police officer. Yes, he needs to have an undergrad or above, but most importantly he needs to be from the CSRA, and a man of the community.

2 of the biggest complainants I have had about the police chief:

1. He and his officers are not involved in the community. If you a had a $1,000 dollar raffle, the average citizen could not even tell you who the last police chief was. They would probably say, "Jerry Baldwin"

2. David Sward is not approachable. When the citizens try to have a conversation with him, he usually blows them off.

To Bobby Culpepper, Jason Rizner, and the city council; you need to stop defying the will of the people, and pick a man who will be proactive, and highly social (Shaking hands, attending social events, church, etc).

IT IS TIME FOR A CHANGE!!!

bclicious
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bclicious 04/18/13 - 06:42 pm
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other

You also need to pick someone who is not 65, and has 1 foot in the grave. With that in mind; I nominate Mike Alicea as the next chief of police for Harlem, GA.

bclicious
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bclicious 04/18/13 - 06:54 pm
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False

I just read on another blog where the city government stated that there were no issues before David Sward's resignation. Wrong!

I know that there several issues with David: creating a hostile work environment; equal opportunity complainants, sexual harassment, and hostile aggressive attitude.

There were numerous complainants, and I am sure that some of them even made it to the GA Dept of Labor.

David Parker
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David Parker 04/19/13 - 08:21 am
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Older gens don't mesh well

Older gens don't mesh well with the new age of info and tech. I agree someone younger would bring Harlem up to speed or at least get them headed that way.

Cynical old woman
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Cynical old woman 04/19/13 - 12:34 pm
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Wrong

D. Parker....city manager lives in another county, mayor is too busy closing his business....the "good ol' boys of Harlem" don't want change. They fight change.....if in doubt ask the ex city manager, or the past two three police chiefs!

David Parker
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David Parker 04/19/13 - 02:27 pm
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Why do they call you Cynical?

Why do they call you Cynical? HAH

Maybe the fate of Harlem lies in it's ability to destroy itself and become consolidated with CC.

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