10/15/15 Special Meeting: MTAS ORPD Review Results

Post Updated 10/16/15 with MTAS Report and media coverage linked as follows: MTAS 2015 Report WATE Coverage OakRidger MTAS Report Coverage KnoxNews MTAS Report Coverage OakRidgeToday MTAS Report Coverage --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Tomorrow night at 6:00p.m. the Oak Ridge City Council will meet at the municipal building to hear the results of the MTAS review/investigation of the … Continue reading 10/15/15 Special Meeting: MTAS ORPD Review Results

My Response to Matt Bailey RE: The MTAS Investigation

I submit the following in response to Mr. Louis Matthew Bailey’s public accusations against me. Mr. Bailey has marginalized the concerns of both our police officers and our citizens by claiming that I’ve overstated the police department’s turnover. In reality, the HR Director, Penny Sissom omitted the names of at least two known departures, thereby … Continue reading My Response to Matt Bailey RE: The MTAS Investigation

July City Council Update/ORPD/Budget Updates

Council’s next regular  meeting is scheduled for Monday, July 13th at 7:00p.m. at the Municipal Building. Significant items include the waiving of the competitive bid process for over $2 million of various contracts as well as a resolution in support of establishing Oak Ridge as the headquarters for the proposed Manhattan Project National Historical Park. … Continue reading July City Council Update/ORPD/Budget Updates

ORPD Investigation Update/Results of 5/20/15 3rd Special Meeting /Bobby Hill Emails

Given that there is some confusion over recent events, I offer the following summary about where we are, how we got here and where we are headed with regards to the ORPD investigation. The ORPD has seen a total turnover rate of 45% in the last four years having lost 34 of our 76 employees. … Continue reading ORPD Investigation Update/Results of 5/20/15 3rd Special Meeting /Bobby Hill Emails

Council Votes: 5/11/15 OAK RIDGE CITY COUNCIL MEETING SUMMARY/More on ORPD Investigation

NOTE:  Council will hold another special meeting on May 21st at 6:00p.m. See Appearance of Citizens below for details. The following represents an unofficial account of the significant items discussed and/or voted upon during the May 11, 2015 City Council Regular Meeting. The complete agenda packet is found here and a video of the meeting … Continue reading Council Votes: 5/11/15 OAK RIDGE CITY COUNCIL MEETING SUMMARY/More on ORPD Investigation

May City Council Update

Council’s next regular  meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 11th at 7:00p.m. at the Municipal Building. Significant items include: Resolution awarding a contract to Knox Blount Maintenance for janitorial services for city facilities - $214,935 Resolution extending the lease on the Daniel Arthur Building for the purposes of operating the senior center Ordinance repealing and … Continue reading May City Council Update

Council Votes: 4/21/15 OAK RIDGE CITY COUNCIL SPECIAL MEETINGS SUMMARIES/More on ORPD Investigation

“Vigorously hunt for that witch, with a study designed to ferret out the witch, as though one indeed exists.  Then, when none is found, the citizens will be reassured that no stone was left unturned, that if there were problems, they would have been found.” – Dr. Horton The following represents an unofficial account of the … Continue reading Council Votes: 4/21/15 OAK RIDGE CITY COUNCIL SPECIAL MEETINGS SUMMARIES/More on ORPD Investigation

2nd Special Meeting Tomorrow Re: ORPD Investigation

At 3:40p.m. today, council was informed that we will have a second special meeting tomorrow night following our work session at the Central Services Complex behind Kmart. The agenda, located here, mirrors an email councilmember Callison sent to all of council last night which is also very similar to an email BOE member Angi Agle … Continue reading 2nd Special Meeting Tomorrow Re: ORPD Investigation

Barton Shares Interview Names with Akagi/More ORPD Investigation Developments

At the encouragement of multiple council members during the Appearance of Citizens at our April 13th meeting (and in direct contradiction to what council voted on in our March 27th meeting), a retired officer contacted MTAS requesting to be included in the interview process. As you can see in the email below (see #1 below), … Continue reading Barton Shares Interview Names with Akagi/More ORPD Investigation Developments

Council Votes: 4/13/15 OAK RIDGE CITY COUNCIL MEETING SUMMARY/More on ORPD Investigation

The following represents an unofficial account of the significant items discussed and/or voted upon during the April 13, 2015 City Council Regular Meeting. The complete agenda packet is found here and here and a video of the meeting can be viewed here. Draft meeting minutes will most likely be posted at the city website as part … Continue reading Council Votes: 4/13/15 OAK RIDGE CITY COUNCIL MEETING SUMMARY/More on ORPD Investigation

Meeting Results and Commentary for the March 27, 2015 Special Meeting (ORPD Investigation)

In February, council unanimously committed to initiate a fair and thorough investigation of the very serious issues that had come to our attention regarding our police department and its leadership. (See below and read here, here, here and here). Last night, however, council reneged on its promises to the community and to the men and … Continue reading Meeting Results and Commentary for the March 27, 2015 Special Meeting (ORPD Investigation)

ORPD Investigation: Last Minute Agenda Item Added NOT In Line With Council Agreements

Council just received the following email from the city manager's assistant who is acting as the city clerk. My response follows. On Mar 6, 2015, at 3:02 PM, Applegate Jr., Bruce M. <bapplegate@oakridgetn.gov> wrote: Honorable Mayor and Councilmembers, There has been an update to the agenda items included in the March 9th, 2015 City Council … Continue reading ORPD Investigation: Last Minute Agenda Item Added NOT In Line With Council Agreements

March City Council Update/ORPD Investigation Update

Council’s next regular  meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 9th at 7:00p.m. at the Municipal Building. Significant items include: Resolution awarding a contract to Wright Contracting, Inc for the replacement of windows at the water treatment plant - $150K Resolution awarding a contract to S&W Contracting Co, Inc for the installation of a traffic signal … Continue reading March City Council Update/ORPD Investigation Update

Additional February Meetings/ORPD Issue Follow Up

Due to the increased activities in your local government, I am sending out a second update for this month. The following schedule is subject to change, but as it stands, here are the upcoming meetings: Feb 17th: City Council Work Session 6:00p.m. Central Services Complex (behind Kmart) – Read the agenda here. Feb 20th – *Proposed* … Continue reading Additional February Meetings/ORPD Issue Follow Up

Council Votes: 2/9/15 OAK RIDGE CITY COUNCIL MEETING SUMMARY (ORPD & Censure Issues)

I want to express my sincerest appreciation to and admiration for the countless individuals who participated this night and in the weeks preceding it via letters to the editor, emails and phone calls to council and social media discussions.  With a packed court room and tremendous overflow outside, this council meeting brought out the largest … Continue reading Council Votes: 2/9/15 OAK RIDGE CITY COUNCIL MEETING SUMMARY (ORPD & Censure Issues)

Timeline of Events (ORPD Issues)/My Response to Hensley

While the focus of our city’s current crisis should be on the well-being of our police officers, I am compelled to respond to some of the allegations that have been publicly made against me by Councilmember Charlie Hensley. I have broken no laws nor have I committed any of the infractions alleged by Mr. Hensley … Continue reading Timeline of Events (ORPD Issues)/My Response to Hensley

My Investigation Requests Re: ORPD Police Chief James T. Akagi

As reported on here and here, the following is my complete letter to the city manager and city clerk sent 1/30/15. It was triggered by Mr. Watson's comments to the press in response to my initial communication regarding our high turnover rate in the ORPD and this grievance filed by Officer Bayless.  Mr. Watson/City Clerk, As  you … Continue reading My Investigation Requests Re: ORPD Police Chief James T. Akagi

ORPD Turnover Issues: My email to the city manager

The following email was sent on 1/25/2014 to the Oak Ridge City Manager, Mark Watson and copied to all of city council and the press: Mark, I commend you for swiftly responding to Officer Christopher Bayless’ January 14th “Grievance to Proposal of Disciplinary Action.” I have read this 48 page file and agree with your … Continue reading ORPD Turnover Issues: My email to the city manager