Former Dothan Police Chief Trial Set Again - What Does Len White Know On Leadership Of Dothan?Rickey Stokes
Posted by: RStokes
Date: Oct 24 2012 8:13 PM
ESCAMBIA COUNTY FL: Former Dothan Police Chief John Powell has a new trial date.
Former Chief Powell is under criminal indictments in Escambia County Florida for 9 counts of CASHIERS CHECK CAMPAIGN CONTRIB OVER $50.
A new jury trial date has been set for December 3, 2012 at 8:30 AM for Powell in Escambia County.
The former 5 year Dothan Police Chief ran in a failed attempt for the second time for Escambia County Florida Sheriff. In 2004 he ran unsuccessfully against the incumbent Sheriff, Ron McNesby. After his failed attempt Dothan City Manager Mike West, in what he described as his most important hire being a Police Chief picked John Powell.
While serving as Dothan Police Chief, Powel filed a civil lawsuit against McNesby. He then endorsed in 2008 the opponent of McNesby, David Morgan who won the election. This year Powell sought to unseat Morgan in a heated and bitter fight for Sheriff, which resulted in Powell coming under criminal indictment.
After 5 years of turmoil in the Dothan Police Chief with John Powell at the head, and over 80 officers leaving the Dothan Police Department, Powell left as Chief and took a job with the State of Florida. Powell left that job to run for Sheriff.
At this time we do not know what Powell is doing...well other than eating lunch at Colby’s Restaurant in downtown Dothan one day this week!!
The Recent Posting of the Video of Len White
Recently some asked why I reposted the 2010 video of Dothan City Attorney Len White yelling at me from his city car. White motioned for me to let my window down and began yelling “small fry” as we traveled west on Highway 84 near Flowers Hospital.
The video was posted because a Dothan Police Officer was held to a higher standard than that of the Dothan City Attorney.
Recently former Dothan Police Chief Jon Powell, who is under criminal indictment, filed a complaint against a Dothan Police Officer. The complaint was filed because the officer sent a “personal” letter to Powell’s Escambia County Florida campaign address. The letter did not reflect the City of Dothan or identify the author as an employee of the City of Dothan.
Based on the complaint, Dothan Police Chief Greg Benton placed the officer on a “major violation” and imposed a two day suspension. A major violation means the officer is on probation for a period of two years. If any other violations are dreamed up, the officer could be terminated.
The major violation against the officer was for “Misconduct, contravention of criminal law, or any disgraceful conduct which reflects unfavorably on the City as an employer or public entity”.
UNDERSTAND…private letter, from an individual to an individual, which never identified the City of Dothan, in any way, shape, form or fashion. That gets you a MAJOR VIOLATION in the City of Dothan with a two day suspension, which places you on probation for a period of two years.
QUOTE FROM DOTHAN PERSONNEL BOOK
MAJOR OFFENSE – “Major” offense are offenses that are extremely serious in nature but not so serious that a discharge is required upon committing the first such offense. The first “major” offense committed shall result in a final warning and a one to twenty day suspension without pay. Exempt employees can only be suspended for violation of major safety related disciplinary infractions. Violation of any subsequent “major” offense within two years shall be grounds for discharge”.
However the “filmed” actions of Dothan City Attorney Len White…
The filmed actions of Dothan City Attorney Len White, while driving a City of Dothan vehicle with a Municipal license plate, yelling “small fry” while driving down the road, gets nothing.
In fact, when I asked Dothan City Manager Mike West, his comments were “I am not getting into the Tift between you and Len”. Nothing was done.
The reason, well Len’s actions, you know, he and Rickey Stokes does not get along, no big deal.
And oh, the officer that shot Rickey a bird while standing in front of the Dothan Police Department building, which is just a “minor”. Who does not want to shoot Rickey a bird?
There you have it
The reason the video was posted, Len can have restraining order filed against him by Wyle Yelverton, NOTHING.
Len can get into a Tift at U-Haul, NOTHING.
Len can be flying down South Oates Street speeding going to a fish fry, NOTHING.
Len can be on a city car driving and yelling SMALL FRY, NOTHING.
But an off duty officer, on his own time, cannot send a letter to a politician in Florida, make no reference to Dothan. That is a MAJOR OFFENSE.
Leaves me with two final remarks:
(1) What does Len White know on whom?
(2) Was that “friends” looking after “friends”?
NOTE: The picture of the camera is like the camera that I video taped White with. He did not see my holding it up against the passenger seat headrest. So when some thing I was a holding a large video camera up, it was like that one up against the headrest capturing the City Attorney, the person who is to set the example for others working for the City of Dothan, representing the City of Dothan "favorably" as an employer or public entity.