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Former GBI agents, retired cop looking into DCSSPD operations

ALBANY, Ga. -- Dougherty County School System interim Superintendent Butch Mosely has confirmed that he has asked two retired Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents and a former police officer to look into the effectiveness of the school system's police department -- with Chief Troy Conley and Assistant Chief J.C. Phillips at the center of attention.

The former law men arrived in town on Monday and will conclude interviews with current and former DCSSPD officers early Friday.

"I decided to ask for the assessment after I kept hearing complaints from several school board members and current and former DCSSPD officers," Mosely said. "When you are new in town everybody runs to the new superintendent with stories and complaints and usually the truth lies somewhere in the middle.

"I'd like to stress that this type of assessment is not new for us, it's just like other's we've done including one we just completed with the transportation department. I'm not after anybody's job. Let's complete the assessment, get the report and let the cards fall where they may."

Mosely said he expects the agents to give him an exit report on Friday, then send him a full written report of their findings within two weeks.

School Board member Darrel Ealum in the past has voiced concerns about management of the 24-member department.

"I have received numerous complaints from police officers that senior officers retaliate against junior officers when they disagree with him," Ealum said. "Two recent events that have taken place have solidified my feelings that our police department is not operating at the professional level we expect at the Dougherty County School System."

Ealum said he would rather not name the persons involved in the event, but said they were well known to the superintendent.

Ealum sent Mosely a letter on Monday outlining 11 specific areas he wanted the agents to look at including:

  • Promotion protocols within the department.
  • Officer Safety.
  • Rank Structure, particularly what Ealum sees as a top-heavy structure.
  • Complaints/Retaliation.
  • Force meetings.
  • Overtime.
  • Respect from superior officers toward subordinates.
  • Vehicles.
  • Training.
  • Investigations.
  • Overall leadership.

A source involved in the school system said the felt the assessment was a witch-hunt primarily instigated by three board members and some disgruntled former DCSSPD officers.

"Troy and J.C. are good men, they are honest men," the source said. "But there are some people here who want blood and they might get it."

Conley did not return a phone call seeking his response to the assessment.