Goodbye Chief, we hardly knew ya… (Updated)

Never a dull moment folks:

Acting police chief in BSL removed after ‘disagreement’ with mayor ~ WLOX

We are waiting for a press release from the Mayors office on this latest development. Stay tuned.

Update:

Mayor Farve’s office issued the following Press Release:

Press Release9.26.17 by Slabbed on Scribd

PSA: Come meet with Mayor Favre and Ward 2 Councilman Hoffman

From Gene Hoffman’s Facebook page:

Calling all old town merchants, or just anyone who would be interested. Mayor Farve and I are going to host a meeting at the Bay St Louis library, Tuesday, September 19, 2017, from 2 PM to 4 PM.

Analysis: Chief Freeman now a Free bird

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….I must be traveling on, now…..

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What is truly amazing is how long the allegations of now former Chief Darren Freeman choking a handcuffed man took to break in the media. Guess who’s back folks.

THE INVESTIGATORS: Bay St. Louis police chief resigns amid brutality allegation ~ Wes Muller, Investigative Producer WAFB

Those following Slabbed’s twitter account were in the loop since last Friday evening that something major was going down with the scandal ridden Bay PD. Lana Noonan noted the irony of the word leaking out on the exact date one year ago that Chief Denardo took his own life in the parking lot at the police station.

I’ll back the time period up to late August on the original leaks as Slabbed began receiving tips about major scandal brewing at Bay City Hall on August 30, 2017. To the extent this latest choking incident happened in May, 2017, it has been held close inside the police department for months. The optics can’t get much worse.

This is what I do know and this bit of wisdom I shared months ago with select local civic leaders because there was a major red flag on Mr. Freeman’s resume that was ignored.  Wes gives us a clue:

Freeman, who has been on the job less than a year, was hired as chief to reform the department which suffered a series of embarrassing scandals and the late Chief Mike De Nardo’s suicide. His resume boasts serving as the head of internal affairs for the Mississippi Highway Patrol.

I understand some of y’all are scratching your heads going “huh” but for those of us that followed the multitude of embarrassing revelations involving DPS that have broke in the Jackson media over the past year……here is a sampling:

DPS settles discrimination suit for $84,474 ~ Jackson Jambalaya Continue reading “Analysis: Chief Freeman now a Free bird”

Bay St Louis Police Chief Freeman: Citizen Golf Cart Complaints “unfounded”

And if Slabbed received a dime for every picture of Bay St Louis Golf Cart jackassery we get, we’d be up to about $2.20 so far this year. That said back in June Bay St Louis Police Chief Darren Freeman minimized the Citizen complaints about Golf Carts run amuck as “unfounded” in a story he obviously planted in the Sun Herald:

Outgoing Councilman Lonnie Falgout, who lost his bid for re-election, recently took potshots at police by alleging they’ve turned a blind eye to golf cart safety and have even allowed children to be designated drivers for their drinking parents.

Police Chief Darin Freeman, who has been in office since January, said the Bay St. Louis Police Department has received only one complaint of a child driving a golf cart since then, “and it was unfounded.”

“Our officers are doing a great job of addressing any unsafe issues they see,” Freeman said. “If we see anything unsafe, we handle it appropriately.”

It was then that I was reminded of a community policing seminar Chief Freeman gave down on the beach to a group of concerned citizens earlier this year. Here is a pic from that event which well summarized the Chief’s philosophy: 😉

Via Wikipedia
Via Wikipedia

Seriously folks, I would see kids driving Golf Carts all the time in Ward 1 not that long ago when we lived there along with other spots in town where we’d be out and about, so an earlier story on the topic which made the national media that Cassandra Favre wrote for the Sea Coast Echo sounded much more true to life to me.  The story Chief planted in the Sun Herald in late June was in direct response to Cassandra’s.

With that set up, the following image has already garnered a nomination for Slabbed New Media’s best picture of the year: Continue reading “Bay St Louis Police Chief Freeman: Citizen Golf Cart Complaints “unfounded””

These things tend to happen when a new administration takes over.

The winds of change are blowing through City Halls across the coast. When measured against the speed of the changes in Pascagoula, the Bay has seen far less but then last night I received the names of some city employees that had either lost their jobs or were demoted. The much maligned Building Department is the place that has Mayor Mike Favre’s attention.

We purposely did not mention any names on Twitter and outside of the two public figures in Charles Oliver and CAO Jerry Beaugez, I’d ask you good folks commenting to exercise some discretion with artful comments appreciated. As for the Building Department employee terminated earlier this week, it was not Mr. Oliver.

The winds of change are blowing over at the Bay-Waveland School District but that is another post.

A couple of thoughts on last night’s recessed BSL City Council Meeting

Sadly folks, City Clowncilmen were spotted. Just a thought, but using a school board appointment to fight a political consultant’s third party agenda is ill advised on so many levels, including and especially invoking a new found love for ethics in government involving a school system which has systemic issues complying with basic state mandates on the subject [Lana Noonan’s first hand account for Slabbed is here]. Whoever put that bug in Councilman Buddy Zimmerman’s ear did well in making him appear to be a Clowncilman rather than a Councilman.

Equally amusing but not quite as inane was the question about whether or not a school level administrative assistant (school secretary) had any  contact with the children. My own experience is a teacher has a kid for a year, maybe two tops while the same child comes to the same office needing help at various times every year they attend school. By definition a school secretary would have more contact with the children over the long haul.

Just an observation but in all my time attending BSL Council meetings, never once did I see the previous council deny the Mayor such an appointment, even when the Mayor and Council were not otherwise getting along. That would have been true in February of this year had then Mayor Fillingame appointed Maurice Singleton to another term on the School Board.

I am told the reason Singleton was not reappointed when his term of office expired was because then Mayor Fillingame was trying to leverage Singleton into qualifying for City Council against Ward 3 Councilman Reed. It is for that reason that Slabbed presented this post, and accompanying artistic rendition of a Toolman. Last night’s short meeting was the final chapter in that particular saga, such chapter titled “disposal”. Continue reading “A couple of thoughts on last night’s recessed BSL City Council Meeting”