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Harrison demoted once again

Friday, January 30, 2009

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* Former chief moved to sergeant

For the second time in four months, Mayor Ann Bradshaw felt it was necessary to make a tough decision regarding personnel at the Brazil City Police Department.

As of midnight, Friday, Bradshaw said Police Captain Terry Harrison was demoted to the merit position of sergeant at the department.

Although specific details about Harrison's demotion are not being released because it is a confidential personnel issue, Bradshaw confirmed her decision was based on some of the same issues why he was demoted before.

On Sept. 23, 2008, Bradshaw demoted and replaced Harrison with current Police Chief Dave Archer because of administrative and communication issues as pertaining to his job performance.

Bradshaw said things weren't really getting any better after the earlier demotion.

"We've had some differences. We've had him as captain, which gave him more power," she said. "And so, after a few months, I have decided to put him as sergeant. He remains an administrator."

When contacted by The Brazil Times Friday, Harrison said he had taken a personal day.

Terry Harrison
"There isn't really much to talk about," Harrison said. "It happened Thursday. I'll have to get with Dave (Archer) about the schedule."

Although Bradshaw wouldn't comment, Harrison hinted at the mayor recently being upset about an incident where BCPD officers were on Interstate-70 "running intervention" allegedly without authorization leaving only one officer on duty in Brazil.

"That's all I was told about why," Harrison said. "I'm just going to show up and do my job as usual."

Without indicating if the incident was a factor in Harrison's demotion, Bradshaw did talk about what happened.

"We need to have a good working relationship between the departments. If the guys are called, of course they should go," Bradshaw said. "But not at the expense of the safety of Brazil residents. Drugs are happening here. The officers should be here."

Archer said Harrison was a valuable asset to the department, and expected nothing would change.

"Terry's a good officer," Archer said, explaining people need to understand how appointments work. "But the chief's position and the captain's position at the BCPD are appointed positions. The mayor puts people into those positions who she can work with, and, if there are administrative differences, she can take you out of those positions."

Bradshaw said she is currently looking within the police department for a candidate to fill the vacant captain's position and would make an announcement at a later date.