THE UNFAIR AND PARTIAL SCREWING TO DUANE HERRINGRickey Stokes
Posted by: RStokes
Date: Jan 08 2013 10:59 PM
This article is part one... part two will explain more later...
DOTHAN: When he was a candidate for Escambia County Florida Sheriff. John Powell was not an issue for me. It was not until he was arrested on Escambia County Florida Grand Jury indictments for campaign violations that I begin to cover his election.
THE MOST IMPORTANT HIRE
Powell’s Florida Sheriff campaign became an issue because he was the “most important hire during reign as City Manager” ( words of Dothan City Manager Mike West ) when he hired John Powell as Police Chief of Dothan. And he was probably, in many opinions, the largest “screw up” made by Dothan City Manager Mike West as to persons hired by West as Dothan City Manager.
In five (5) short years, according to many in and around the Dothan Police Department, it will take years to undo the mess Dothan Mayor ( not Mike Schmitz ), Dothan Commissioners ( Current Commissioner Taylor Barbaree and Current Commissioner Amos Newsome ) and Dothan City Manager Mike West allowed Powell to mess up.
JOHN POWELL APPLIES FOR PANAMA CITY POLICE CHIEF
Powell has now applied for the position of Police Chief in Panama City Florida. I really do not care what happens in Panama City Florida and as to their hiring of a Police Chief. However, since Powell has applied I must shed light on his recent terror on a long standing Dothan Police Lieutenant. A Lieutenant that Powell invoked terror upon during his five L-O-N-G years with the Dothan Police Department. The terror apparently with the blessings of Dothan City Manager Mike West.
JOHN POWELL REIGN OF TERROR AS DOTHAN POLICE CHIEF
During the reign of terror by John Powell as Dothan’s Police Chief, do you remember the time when he spent money and had the broom closet remodeled? Remember when he placed the ranking Lieutenant, Duane Herring, in the broom closet? Remember when John Powell took this 30 plus year law enforcement officer, ordered Lt. Duane Herring to report to duty at about 11:00 PM to the broom closet and compile crime statistics?
Today that remodeled broom closet is just that…a broom closet! A broom closet the man who is described by the “polymagicians” ( politicians who act like magicians where you have to watch the slight of their hand ) as a wise steward of the money ( Mike West ) allowed Powell to waste the money on remodeling. But hey…we have a great looking broom closet!!!
CIVILIAN DUANE HERRING PENS LETTER TO FLORIDA POLITICIAN JOHN POWELL
After “politician” John Powell was arrested on an Escambia County Florida Grand Jury Indictment and severally beaten by the incumbent Sheriff in Escambia County in the election, then “private citizen” Duane Herring mailed a letter to “politician” John Powell to his campaign address in Escambia County Florida.
The letter, of which I have read, was something like…I am glad that you lost your dream of being the Escambia County Florida Sheriff. The information on the web site “bully for sheriff” or whatever the John Powell opposing web site was, Herring let Powell know in his letter that he and the “union boys” supplied that information. Herring assured Powell that information would follow him.
In the letter Herring also informed Powell that he hoped that he went to jail for a long time for the criminal offenses he was so charged by an Escambia County Florida Grand Jury.
No where in the “civilian” letter written by Duane Herring to the “politician” John Powell and sent to the John Powell Escambia County Florida address of his campaign, did Herring identify himself as a Dothan Police Officer, Lieutenant Duane Herring of Dothan Police Department, or the City of Dothan. The letter was not sent on City of Dothan stationary, envelope or any way connected with Herring a Dothan Police Officer or employee of the City of Dothan. The letter was not mailed with a City of Dothan stamp or any way connected to the City of Dothan. It was from Duane Herring to “Politician” John Powell.
POLITICIAN JOHN POWELL CALLS THE PERSON WHO HIRED HIM…DOTHAN CITY MANAGER, MIKE WEST
Following receiving the letter, John Powell spoke to Dothan City Manager Mike West by telephone. Following the telephone call between Powell and Dothan City Manager Mike West, Powell wrote a letter to City Manager Mike West detailing the letter written to “politician” John Powell.
Powell penned in his letter to West that he “was in fear of the officer abusing his power” against him when in the City of Dothan.
( Sound familiar…I think John Powell as Dothan Police Chief did that to me when he sent four police cars saying that I had parked illegally and had me arrested for perjury. A criminal offense to which a Judge from Escambia County Alabama tossed out because Dothan could not prove their case. And he apparently did that with the blessing of the Mayor at that time, the sitting Dothan Commissioners and City Manager Mike West!)
POLITICIAN JOHN POWELL COMPLAINT MAKES IT TO DOTHAN POLICE CHIEF GREG BENTON
I know the complaint made it to Dothan Police Chief Greg Benton. However it is my understanding the complaint letter made its way to Dothan City Attorney Freddie Len White before reaching Chief Benton.
REMEMBER THIS POINT!!!
It is further my understanding that City Attorney Freddie Len White recommended investigation and action.
BENTON FORWARDS COMPLAINT TO THE FAIR AND IMPARTIAL INTERNAL AFFAIRS INVESTIGATOR MIKE ETRESS WHO ALWAYS CONDUCTS A THOROUGH INVESTIGATION…
When Dothan Police Chief Greg Benton received the complaint he forwarded the letter written by “politician” John Powell to Mike West to the “fair, open minded always conducting a thorough investigation” Internal Affairs Investigator Mike Etress.
Politician John Powell’s letter was not on a complaint form, it was just a letter complaining.
You know, Internal Affairs Investigator Mike Etress, he always conducts a thorough investigation and never gets anyone to file a complaint in order to get anyone!!! Internal Affairs Investigator Mike Etress, you know he is impartial and looks at only the facts!
After a “thorough investigation” into the complaint of “politician” John Powell about a letter written by a civilian to the Florida politician, it was the “impartial and factual” recommendation of Internal Affairs Investigator Mike Estress to Dothan Police Chief Greg Benton that he impose a “major violation” against 30 plus year Dothan Police Lieutenant Duane Herring and suspend him from the Dothan Police Department for two days without pay. A major offense and two day suspension for writing a letter as a civilian to a politician.
BENTON ADMINISTERS THE UNFAIR AND PARTIAL SCREWING TO DUANE HERRING…Just like the City Manager has wanted since 2005!!!
Dothan Police Chief Greg Benton delivered what Dothan City Manager Mike West and Former Dothan Police Chief ( Politician ) John Powell has been trying to do with Herring since 2005. A major violation with attempts to place Herring in a position they could get him.
Herring took the “railroad treatment” and suspension. Herring did not appeal the suspension. Had Herring appealed the suspension and major offense, the issue would have been prosecuted by Dothan City Attorney Freddie Len White. AGAIN…remember who would prosecute Lt. Duane Herring for this nasty deed of writing a letter as a civilian…FREDDIE LEN WHITE…
Dothan Police Chief Greg Benton went along with the man who always conducts a “thorough investigation” and is always fair and impartial Internal Affairs Investigator Mike Etress.
And for ‘ol politician John Powell ( Mike West’s most important hire as Dothan City Manager ), and for Dothan City Manager Mike West, Chief Benton gave Herring the “’ol John Powell screws!”.
As I understand, Benton said you are always a Police Officer. The letter, while not written on duty and as a police officer, you are always a police officer.
In that case, if you are ever hurt while serving as a police officer, no matter what you are doing, is the city liable? In that case why can’t a police officer drive the police car all of the time wherever and whenever he wants?
GOOD LUCK PANAMA CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT
Now John Powell wants to be the Panama City Florida Police Chief. Good luck Panama City!!! Many Dothan Residents will take Highway 77 instead of 231 to the beach.
NOTE: Remember several months ago when I posted the Freddie Len White video of where Dothan City Attorney Freddie Len White was yelling at me from the City of Dothan car on Sunday?
Remember his yelling out the window at me yelling “small fry”? Some wondered why I posted it.
Well I thought I was going to be able to post the letter Herring got a major offense against him. However, with the major offense it placed Herring on two years probation. That meant, if that letter got posted there is no doubt something would have been manufactured against Herring and they would have got him. Herring was going to retire so I had to wait.
Freddie Len White yelling out the window at me, it did not bother me. However when I brought it to the attention of City Manager Mike West, his words were he was not going to get into a tift between me and Len. Yet West did Herring and politician John Powell.
Dothan Police Chief Greg Benton said he has not seen former Dothan Police Chief John Powell in months. However, Chief Benton can not go against the instructions of Dothan City Manager Mike West. At least I would hope that is Chief Benton’s excuse for the punishment applied.
You see, if it is okay for Dothan City Attorney Freddie Len White to act like a total idiot while driving the City of Dothan car, which was under this Mayor and Commission administration, then what was wrong with Civilian Duane Herring sending a letter to Politician John Powell?
Is White not suppose to set the example. Recently Freddie Len White had Dothan City Judge Rose Gordon scared that he was going to come across her desk on her. When White found out that Judge Gordon’s husband might “educate” White, he brought a cake as peace offering. ( Say it ain’t so…)
REQUEST FOR MEETING WITH MIKE WEST AND GREG BENTON
In the following emails I asked for a meeting with Dothan Police Chief Greg Benton and Dothan City Manager Mike West. This was unfair treatment against Dothan Police Lt. Duane Herring. Benton said anytime OK. However Dothan City Manager Mike West had the conflicts and wanted to know what the meeting was about.
At thanksgiving West stopped by my office and said after Thanksgiving we would meet.
Today is January 8, 2013…time 10:44 PM…still no meeting.
Lt. Duane Herring has now retired from the Dothan Police Department. Enough was enough!!! Dothan City Manager Mike West got what he wanted and Powell finally came through for West…even after he was gone from Dothan Police Department.
EMAILS BETWEEN RICKEY STOKES AND DOTHAN CITY MANAGER MIKE WEST
October 17, 2012 @ 8:06 AM – EMAIL from Rickey Stokes to Dothan City Manager Mike West and Dothan Police Chief Greg Benton
I will be in court today or possibly tomorrow. I need a meeting with You ( West ) and Chief Benton.
October 17, 2012 – EMAIL from Mike West to Rickey Stokes
When is Chief Benton available? I may can do it Friday. What is the topic of
Michael K. West
Dothan, AL 36303
October 17, 2012 – EMAIL from Rickey Stokes to Mike West
Anytime is available. Recent complaints and lack of action on other complaints.
October 18, 2012 – EMAIL from Mike West to Rickey Stokes
Need to push this back to next week after I get back from AUSA. Will email mid next week and coordinate with Greg. I would like to know what you would like to discuss before the meeting.
Michael K. West
Dothan, AL 36303
October 18, 2012 – EMAIL from Rickey Stokes to Mike West
No issue on next week.
There are some issues to discuss. I am not going into them in email.
TO DOTHAN POLICE CHIEF GREG BENTON
I realize you are not going to like this article and not going to be very happy with me. In simple terms…Herring penned a letter as a civilian and you stuck it to him…sorry.
Benton did remove Herring from the broom closet when he became Police Chief. Benton placed Herring in charge of Vice Division.
But a major violation for writing a letter as a civilian...what about the ranking officer complaints where nothing has happened? I realize you can not fix stupid and I realize that Freddie Len White does not work for you...he works for the Mayor and Commission. But a major violation, two days suspension without pay and two years probation...
After the punishment, Herring turned in his retirement and said GOOD BYE!!!