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BREAKING NEWS: New Brazil City Police Chief

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

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Mayor Ann Bradshaw
Mayor Ann Bradshaw announced her decision to create new leadership for the Brazil City Police Department Tuesday morning.

"This wasn't an easy decision for me to make, but, as mayor, I have to do what is best for the department" Bradshaw told The Brazil Times. "Hopefully this will take the department in a new direction, encourage better morale among the officers and create a better working relationship between the department and the community."

As of midnight, Monday, Capt. Dave Archer became the new acting Police Chief, while former Police Chief Terry Harrison was demoted to the Captain's position.

Bradshaw said details about Harrison's demotion would not be made available because it is a confidential personnel issue.

A complete story will be in Wednesday's edition of The Brazil Times.


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Oh my God! How will this move help anything?? With Harrison as Captain he will still do all the shady things he has done in the past and get away with it. Archer isn't much better than Harrison. There will still be no direction in the police department.

-- Posted by teacup on Tue, Sep 23, 2008, at 12:19 PM

What in the world???

-- Posted by sassypants on Tue, Sep 23, 2008, at 12:30 PM

the old switchroo what are they hiding

-- Posted by dovelw on Tue, Sep 23, 2008, at 12:39 PM

Just look at her picture. Bart wouldn't trust anyone that looked like that. He's all too familiar with the old switchroo!

-- Posted by bartpeterson24 on Tue, Sep 23, 2008, at 12:44 PM

Dave Archer is a good moral man who will do a great job as Police Chief. Archer has the respect of his peers and has the wisdom and experience to lead his department.

-- Posted by Unsolicited opinion on Tue, Sep 23, 2008, at 1:03 PM

all I can say is.............interesting.....

-- Posted by FlyinLion on Tue, Sep 23, 2008, at 1:08 PM

Great move! I expect great things out of Chief Archer. congrats!!!

-- Posted by BigCB20 on Tue, Sep 23, 2008, at 1:11 PM

Apparently Harrison got into some trouble, for whatever reason, and was smacked down by the mayor. I'm fine with that.

At least she took action and demoted him.

How often have we seen that before in city government?

Whether we like it or not, she's right! This is a personnel issue and she doesn't have to say a word about her decision. (Privacy limitations are everywhere these days.)

What really bothers me about this is the comments left on here automatically slamming the police department and assuming they are hiding something.

Shame on Harrison for getting in trouble, but shame on us as a community for automatically putting a black eye on a department of officers trying to do their job.

And for what, we don't even know for sure!

-- Posted by Cy on Tue, Sep 23, 2008, at 1:29 PM

Dave Archer is a dedicated officer and a good friend. If you don't like the way Ann Bradshaw is running things then maybe you shoud run for Mayor yourself next time around! Or maybe you would like to have Tom Arthur back in office? As far as the direction of the police dept., Are you a city official? If not, what do you know?

-- Posted by knighthawke on Tue, Sep 23, 2008, at 1:29 PM

I think Dave Archer will make an outstanding Chief. We have known him for several years & he's a good police officer. If you don't like the way the city is run, move somewhere else!

-- Posted by th1953 on Tue, Sep 23, 2008, at 1:59 PM

Let's just say this has been a long time coming. Mayor Bradshaw may have finally listened to those who have been trying to speak with her about their concerns. Or maybe she has finally witnessed enough misuse of city funds, standard operating procedures being disregarded and outright immoral acts being committed by a corrupt person in the position of authority.. Good luck to Chief Archer.

-- Posted by lessonlearned on Tue, Sep 23, 2008, at 2:43 PM

Let's just say this has been a long time coming. Mayor Bradshaw may have finally listened to those who have been trying to speak with her about their concerns. Or maybe she has finally witnessed enough misuse of city funds, standard operating procedures being disregarded and outright immoral acts being committed by a corrupt person in the position of authority.. Good luck to Chief Archer.

-- Posted by lessonlearned on Tue, Sep 23, 2008, at 2:45 PM

NOT EVERYBODY IS GOING TO AGREE WITH EVERYTHING HARRISON DID OR EVERYTHING ARCHER WILL DO BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN THEY ARE BAD PEOPLE. I HAPPEN TO KNOW HARRISON AND ARCHER PERSONALLY AND I THINK THEY ARE BOTH GOOD PEOPLE. I DON'T THINK IT IS FAIR THAT PEOPLE JUST ASSUME THINGS ARE GOING TO BE BAD BEFORE THEY GIVE ARCHER A CHANCE, NOR DO I THINK PEOPLE SHOULD JUDGE HARRISON. IF YOU DON'T KNOW THE DETAILS ON THE MATTER YOU SHOULDN'T MAKE ASSUMPTIONS.

-- Posted by SBROWN on Tue, Sep 23, 2008, at 2:45 PM

HOW EASILY EVERYONE FORGETS ALL THE GOOD HARRISON DID DO

-- Posted by SBROWN on Tue, Sep 23, 2008, at 2:47 PM

I don't think if Harrison got into trouble that he would have been made Captain, which is an important position in the department. Terry is a good guy, sometimes there is just a difference in vision for the city and changes are made. Things like this happen all of the time in city government and it does not mean that anybody did anything wrong.

-- Posted by Unsolicited opinion on Tue, Sep 23, 2008, at 2:55 PM

Now that the whole story is online ...

KUDOS to the mayor for being a disciplinarian when it was apparently needed. She can't do that without some type of cause.

Whatever Harrison was demoted for, it wasn't bad enough to black-eye the entire department.

As I said earlier, shame on him for getting into trouble for whatever reason. Any person in that position is supposed to be above trouble of any kind, a role-model, someone to trust and look up to.

Whatever problem there was, it wasn't enough to fire the man or destroy his credibility.

I'm glad Harrison will continue to use his experience to work on the department and apparently he's not too upset about the demotion. He's staying on the force.

As for people saying he was "up to no good," rumors are deadly. Which is why I think those who automatically shout them and use them as evidence of guilt should be ashamed of themselves.

If anything, putting a situation like this out for public scrutiny is a good thing.

It creates trust for people when they know that our city officials will discipline an officer if necessary, that the officers are big enough to accept punishment for a wrong doing and those same officers are "men enough" to still work together to do what is right for the department, the city and the citizens of Brazil!

-- Posted by Cy on Tue, Sep 23, 2008, at 3:20 PM

i think dave archer is an outstanding person in general, he was my daughters assistant coach years ago, and has never forgotten us, he is as friendly now as he was then. he is also a wonderful entertainer! congrats to a great man!!!

-- Posted by ksullivan555 on Tue, Sep 23, 2008, at 3:33 PM

Good Luck and we look forward to seeing the changes and Congratulations to Mayor Bradshaw for making the tough decisions when it is in the interest of Brazil citizens. Lets try to remember who stood up for the city when the next election rolls around because if she was capable in the police department decision as tough as that must have been she's trustworthy rather than "well thats how its always been" and Brazil needs leaders like that!

-- Posted by Blu8 on Tue, Sep 23, 2008, at 4:00 PM

Best of Luck, Chief Archer ~ no one deserves this position more than you ~

-- Posted by karebabe on Tue, Sep 23, 2008, at 7:09 PM

Let me assure you that Harrison did not "get into any trouble". So you can let that one go. It was a change due to differences in direction of the department. Best that I can tell you and all that needs to be said. Archer and Harrison will work well together...!!!

-- Posted by BOYINBLUE on Tue, Sep 23, 2008, at 8:28 PM

Harrison should have never been the chief in the first place. I couldn't believe it when she appointed him to that position. She was well aware of his past indiscretions when she put him in charge. Terry is a nice guy, but has had "issues" that aren't really qualificatons to be chief. As far as him being Captain, he can only be demoted back so far without firing him. I truly believe Dave Archer will be a GREAT chief. But, I hope the position doesn't go to his head like some in the past. When Harrison became chief, he stepped on a lot of toes (such as Whittington and Loudermilk)so I hope Dave doesn't do the same thing. Just as long as the other Archer isn't in charge we will be alright.

The one thing that I really disagree with is the fact that as a society we do have the right to know WHY this change took place. Whether it be personal, personnel or whatever. I also feel she owes Harrison an explanation. But in this town what is fair for some is not always fair for others.

-- Posted by Icareaboutbrazil on Wed, Sep 24, 2008, at 7:09 AM

Not sure what happened, but really NO ONES BUSINESS!!! Dave Archer and Terry Harrison are great guys all around. I guess all the people on here slamming them are the ones who have been in trouble with the law..or the ones always calling the department complaining about anything and everything.

Best of Luck to both of these great guys.

-- Posted by WhyInBrazil on Wed, Sep 24, 2008, at 10:53 AM

GOOD LUCK TO BOTH OF YOU!!!! YOU BOTH ARE GREAT PEOPLE. YOU BOTH WILL DO A GREAT JOB WORKING TOGETHER NO MATTER WHO IS IN WAT POSITION

-- Posted by SBROWN on Wed, Sep 24, 2008, at 1:27 PM

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-- Posted by Icareaboutbrazil on Thu, Sep 25, 2008, at 6:56 AM

Well I guess it is just a matter of opinion, but I do feel that the public does have a RIGHT to know why. I have never been in trouble with the law and never will and I don't make unnecessary calls to the police. Haven't called the police for anything, as a matter of fact, in years. But, someone who does should not be condemed, they obviously think their emergency is real. You don't have to be a law breaker or felon to have an opinion. And anyone that thinks so is very narrow minded.

I know Dave and Terry and as I said before, I like Terry, but he should not be chief. Again, I have my right to an opinion as well as everyone else does.

-- Posted by Icareaboutbrazil on Thu, Sep 25, 2008, at 7:33 AM

Well, the public DOESN'T have a right to know why this decision was made.

If you got demoted at your job, your boss would get in big trouble if he/she blabbed all about it to the press, and you probably wouldn't want to have it become a public matter either. Police officers, like everyone else, have a right to privacy.

-- Posted by bsmom on Fri, Sep 26, 2008, at 10:11 AM

unoit-- you are sadly mistaken on that. It is a personnel issue. Check the laws!

This is a private employer/employee matter. We elect our officials and put our trust in them to do the right thing. Taxpayers obviously could not make every hire/fire decision on every public office.

-- Posted by bsmom on Fri, Sep 26, 2008, at 3:29 PM

-- Posted by Icareaboutbrazil on Mon, Sep 29, 2008, at 7:37 AM

No one said that the tax payers have the right to make a hire/fire decision, just the right to know why or who is being hired or fired. I do work in a position where a quarterly statement is sent out with all offenses and disciplines made open. I guess when you are in any public postion you are open to scrutiny. That is a choice made when you decide that career path.

-- Posted by Icareaboutbrazil on Mon, Sep 29, 2008, at 7:45 AM

You are open to scrutiny, but your boss still can't legally tell the whole town your business.

It's against the law for Bradshaw to discuss why she made this decision!!!

-- Posted by bsmom on Tue, Sep 30, 2008, at 7:01 AM


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