Updated: Tip received by the US Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives led to Chief Denardo’s Suspension

The rumor mill has been going full tilt since Chief Denardo’s suicide about this time yesterday. None of the rumors have been 100% correct but I have spoken with two people outside of City government that were close to the Chief along with a number of off record interviews I will not go into but this much we do know now officially, that the ATF had received “unsubstantiated criminal intelligence” about the Chief but had not opened a formal investigation when the Chief tragically took his own life. Kevin McGill and Rebecca Santana have the skinny for the AP:

“ATF had not opened a formal investigation but had received to this point unsubstantiated criminal intelligence regarding the chief’s activities,” Denham said.

“We had not approached him. We had not confronted him.”

He said barring DeNardo’s death, the agency would have moved forward to investigate and confirm or dispel the intelligence. He could not give details on what the intelligence was about.

Slabbed has been told a bit more about the subject matter but it has not been officially confirmed. I will say this, the ethical tone for an entity is set at the top. Auditors are taught that time and again, if the CEO is unethical then they will have lots of company in their organization. At DMR we saw that exact scenario in the story Slabbed broke about the brother in law contracting in the artificial reef program. This concept will again manifest itself in the Bay. I will disclose this, indications strongly are that the Chief is not alone in terms of potential wrongdoing as other current and/or former employees have also been implicated to the ATF and as the facts bubble up, its likely the Bay will be shaken to its core. There is no way to candy coat it folks.

But that’s not all and it gets potentially worse. To get a clue on the worse we need to visit with Wes Muller’s story from this morning for the Sun Herald: Continue reading “Updated: Tip received by the US Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives led to Chief Denardo’s Suspension”

Just the facts: The Late Bay St Louis Police Chief Mike Denardo deserves no less

Bay St Louis Police Chief Mike Denardo | Photo via WLOX
Bay St Louis Police Chief Mike Denardo | Photo via WLOX

This is what Hancock Sheriff Ricky Adams said, as shown on the WLOX 5PM news.

We were here to assist the City of Bay St. Louis and their mayor to escort Chief DeNardo from the office and obtain his city issued equipment. At that time, it just kind of went bad, I guess,” said Adam. “The mayor called him in. He asked us to come and ask for his equipment. My guys were there, and that’s it.”

This is what Mayor Fillingame said on WLOX news at 6:00pm:

There was an indication from our County Sheriff Department that there was an investigation going on and there was some evidence presented that caused us, at the request of the Sheriff Department to suspend Mike for the term of the investigation and we really felt like, after the initial conversation with Mike that it would be resolved.

Investigation? I know of only one announced Sheriff’s Department Investigation into City operations, is there another?

Sheriff eyes allegation of ‘malfeasance’ in Bay ~ Geoff Belcher

Meantime the City Council tonight panned the Mayor’s idea for appointing an interim chief to run the Police Department in favor of temporarily turning over operations at Bay St Louis PD to Hancock County Sheriff Ricky Adams.

As for a second Hancock County SO investigation, I recommend this post from last month as a starting point. The camera does not blink or lie.

We’re going to get to the bottom of this one, that I promise.