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Chief resigns citing personal issues

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Dave Archer
* Loudermilk interim, Archer to remain with department as Sergeant

The Brazil City Police Department has new leadership, sort of.

Shortly after 3 p.m., Dave Archer presented Brazil City Mayor Ann Bradshaw a letter of resignation, citing personal reasons for stepping down from his administrative duties and returning to the position of Shift Sergeant.

"I'm not leaving the department," Archer said after the emotional meeting with Bradshaw. "On Monday, I will continue to protect and serve the citizens of Brazil when I step back into the roll of Police Sergeant and patrol the streets again."

As of 4 p.m., Wednesday, BCPD Captain Mark Loudermilk became interim police chief until a replacement can be announced at a later date.

On Sept. 23, 2008, Archer replaced then outgoing police chief Terry Harrison. Harrison had replaced Loudermilk as chief when Bradshaw took over for former Mayor Thom Arthur in July 2007.

When asked about the merry-go-round of police chiefs, Bradshaw explained that she has a vision for the department that includes open communication among the administrative staff.

Archer and Bradshaw agreed they have different versions of how the department can be a success, but the ultimate goal is the success of the department and the city.

Ann Bradshaw
"I wish Dave nothing but the best in the future," Bradshaw said. "He's been an incredible asset to this department and the city. He will continue to do so."

Having previously scheduled some time off, Archer told The Brazil Times he would be out of the department for a few days. He said his faith and family helped him make this difficult decision and he hoped that people would respect his decision.

"People are going to think whatever they want. There's nothing I can do about that," Archer said about some rumors circulating and his desire to keep his personal reasons private. "I really appreciate the support of Brazil's citizens and the local business and community leaders during my time as chief. I appreciate the prayers for my family, and for the city. It's with much regret that I must vacate this office. However, I want the future to be a success. Please support the city administration and my replacement so they can continue to move forward with the best interest of this city at heart and for our future."


Former Brazil Mayor Thom Arthur was incorrectly identified in the above story.

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Good luck to you, Dave. I know you are doing what is best for you & your family. Glad you aren't leaving the force.

-- Posted by th1953 on Wed, Jun 2, 2010, at 7:32 PM

3 Chiefs in 2 1/2 years, does not sound like a problem with the Chief, sounds like a problem with the Mayor. Can't she get along & play nice?

-- Posted by happyjim on Wed, Jun 2, 2010, at 7:51 PM

QUOTE: "that includes open communication among the administrative staff."

How about open communication within the department?

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Wed, Jun 2, 2010, at 8:25 PM

It looks like we need a change of leadership at City Hall instead of in the Police Department. This is getting ridiculous and has to be causing turmoil in our Law Enforcement Officers to have such a turnover at the top position. Come on Mayor Bradshaw make a decision and stick with it and stop this silliness.

-- Posted by bigfoot1 on Wed, Jun 2, 2010, at 8:50 PM

Bradshaw is bad for our community!!!!!

-- Posted by max23 on Wed, Jun 2, 2010, at 9:13 PM

Dave is a real stand up guy. I have a feeling he could have slung a lot of mud here but chose not too. He has always been a class act. The citizens of Brazil are the losers in this situation. Scares me who will be his permanent replacement. There is no one that can really fill his shoes. Best of Luck Dave

-- Posted by lifehasitsmoments on Wed, Jun 2, 2010, at 10:45 PM

Looks like a mayor who doesn't want to be re-elected. Oh well no loss there. Good luck Dave! You are still very respected in this town!

-- Posted by mary99 on Wed, Jun 2, 2010, at 10:53 PM

Chances are these comments will disappear since they are not pro-Bradshaw.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Wed, Jun 2, 2010, at 11:17 PM

Lee you are probably right, but after seeing all the changes it does seem to point to the mayor's office. Dave Archer is one of the best, and to see him go as chief is a shock. Mayor Bradshaw, perhaps you need to listen to your police officers as to what will make it a better department. They are the ones on the street and will give you a better picture than you can get from your office.

-- Posted by Localguy1972 on Wed, Jun 2, 2010, at 11:22 PM

Sorry to see Dave go...a real stand-up-for-the-right thing kind of man...aren't too many of those these days....

-- Posted by MoralsOrMoney? on Wed, Jun 2, 2010, at 11:31 PM

I am confident that there were good reasons behind this. Dave is a great guy. I am sure something came between his family and faith as a Christian, and that is the reason for this.

Mr. Loudermilk will do an excellent guy. I think he is very sound in his judgements and leadership skills.

Maybe the mayor will get things right down there finally. It will take a strong leader to get some of the things done. People are so use to the way things were ran that it's going to take a while.

Harrison had his issues. There was just cause for what happened in that situation. Dave is just a great guy and willing to stand up for his priorities, church and family.

-- Posted by Criminology08 on Thu, Jun 3, 2010, at 1:11 AM

Typological error: Mr. Loudermilk will do an excellent job.

-- Posted by Criminology08 on Thu, Jun 3, 2010, at 1:13 AM

Well, after all it's been a while since I was in an English class since after all I graduated from college and have been out of college. Unfortunately, that has nothing to do with the reason I said Typological instead of typographical. My wonderful spell check decided to change it to typological instead of typographical.

A Freudian slip a parapraxis, a slip of the tongue. It was a typographical error. Maybe you should take a few classes at Indiana State University yourself, or at least complete high school. Unfortunately, this has led our comments off course and irrelevant to what I wanted to say. Mr. Loudermilk will do an excellent job as he did in the past.

Your comment is irrelevant and off topic.

-- Posted by Criminology08 on Thu, Jun 3, 2010, at 3:29 AM

This message is coming all the way from Afghanistan. With my kids living in Brazil, it makes me feel good that Dave will still be a part of the force. I've always known Dave to be great person, even when he was arresting me when I was younger!! He will be a great asset where ever he is serving. Thank you for your years of service Dave.

-- Posted by armyguy on Thu, Jun 3, 2010, at 5:24 AM

Mrs. Bradshaw, your doing just fine. Luke Moody

-- Posted by armyguy on Thu, Jun 3, 2010, at 5:26 AM

I take Dave Archer at his word, it is his a personal decision, nothing more. I personally don't blame the mayor here.

It is a shame because Dave was the perfect man for that position. He is a very fair man, and someone who does not take advantage of his position. I am glad that he is at least remaining on the force.

We need more Dave Archers in this town, and less of, well I will not name names, lets just say that not everyone on our police force has my same respect.

Thank you Dave for your service to this community.

-- Posted by ClayCountyGuy on Thu, Jun 3, 2010, at 7:07 AM

its funny how everyone who posts here feels they need to share whether or not they like people...didnt know there was a popularity contest...now lets see what you have to say about me...

-- Posted by s.o.s. on Thu, Jun 3, 2010, at 7:25 AM

Perhaps Mayor Bradshaw is going to hire a family member that can eventually be police chief. She has replaced enough other positions with family.

-- Posted by observation on Thu, Jun 3, 2010, at 7:30 AM

My previous comment was made after reading the Times article. After going to the Terre Haute Tribune-Star and reading their article, it leaves me with a much different impression.

It clearly does not give me the impression that this was something that he wanted to do, but did so out of some type of pressure being exerted on him to do something that he did not believe in. Because of this, I retract the first paragraph of my previous comment.

Once again, why is it that the Tribune-Star is able to get more detail in their articles than the Times can on Brazil events? I think the Times is way too concerned about hurting someone's feelings as opposed to factual reporting of the news.

Yes there are a few times when maybe personal things in people's lives should not be put in the paper for public view, but when it comes to public-elected officials and their actions in how they exert their power, that must be reported! It is irresponsible to the paper's readership not to!

If what I just now said gets my comment deleted, so be it. But it is the truth.

-- Posted by ClayCountyGuy on Thu, Jun 3, 2010, at 7:40 AM

I'm very sad to hear this news. I know Mr. Archer was instrumental in greatly improving the traffic flow at covered bridge time. The city is losing a great asset in an authority role.

I can honestly say I am very nervous about what will come next. But I am hoping the mayor will make the right decision on the next chief of police & not a political one. I believe the public will know the difference.

-- Posted by hunterguy on Thu, Jun 3, 2010, at 7:58 AM

Next Mayoral election can we say BYE BYE BRADSHAW?????? PLEASE!!!!!!!!

-- Posted by clgruener on Thu, Jun 3, 2010, at 8:07 AM

we need to stop looking for a new police chief and start looking for a new mayor. this paper is in the politicans hands and needs to report the truth about what is going on in the city and county gov't. politicans will cover up b.s. so they can keep there jobs when its time for us to vote. this paper must report the the facts even if it upsets the apple cart

-- Posted by po-po on Thu, Jun 3, 2010, at 8:18 AM

All these assumptions being drawn regarding Brazil's Mayor -Haven't you heard, Curiosity killed the cat, but it was smart enough not to draw the wrong conclusions before it died ! Ease up, we only know superficial information publicly is the only guess I would make.

-- Posted by Ombudsman on Thu, Jun 3, 2010, at 8:47 AM

Dave is not leaving for force just going back to the streets.Dave will still be there just not running it anymore.

-- Posted by oknow on Thu, Jun 3, 2010, at 9:14 AM

Good luck to all!!! I do think the police dept needs to be more personable. They can make a victim feel a criminal. Sorry but there is a lot of waisted moneys going to none productive departments in city hall. Speaking of city hall maybe instead of a street cleaner we could have provided a better police dept. The city hall building is like a dungeon for police activity. Had to go in there for a report and it is a little on the dark and creepy side. I really wonder what the priority is in this community. I saw the piece of junk street cleaner dump a pile of rocks and dirt right in the middle of meridian and us40 turn lane!!! What a Joke!!!!

-- Posted by computerdx on Thu, Jun 3, 2010, at 10:02 AM

Good luck Dave, I know you will continue to do a good job for the citizens of Brazil. You are a real gentleman, a good Christian and a wonderful policeman. You are in my heart and prayers.

Thanks for doing a good job as chief and I know you will continue to serve us well as Sargent just like you did as chief.

-- Posted by Tracy Jones on Thu, Jun 3, 2010, at 10:16 AM

Granted that I am too long removed from the Brazilian political landscape to provide an accurate or even precise observation, but it appears that political puppet stings show no discrimination - they can adversely affect small towns as well as large cities. This does not shed a favorable light on the community.

-- Posted by madman36 on Thu, Jun 3, 2010, at 10:49 AM

I've read both newspaper articles, watched the television reports and the only version that has actual quotes from the people involved in this matter is The Brazil Times. THERE is more information in OUR paper than anywhere else.

However, Kudos to WTHI-10 for posting the exact press release on their website, if anyone cares to read exactly what this man issued as a FORMAL statement/

I think the most important passage in the article is: "People are going to think whatever they want. There's nothing I can do about that," Archer said about some rumors circulating and his desire to keep his personal reasons private.

The more people float conspiracy theories and rumors by making comments on this story; they disrespect this man's wishes. I don't know Mr. Archer personally, but he definitely appears to be a class act of the highest caliber. Good luck and god speed Dave.

-- Posted by Cy on Thu, Jun 3, 2010, at 1:21 PM

I just thought of a get rich quick scheme, all legal and legit, I'm going to design and market a bunch of apology cards to Walmart and all the stores locally so that when the city comes forward with what archer did, if he did, then by the looks of these comments there will be a whole group of people needing a card to send to the Lady Mayor, no, won't work, no one would admit they were wrong and not many classy enough to apologize anyway, also when did the streets here fall into such disrepair, during which Mayor's term ? It was not the current one, to my knowledge.

-- Posted by Edward Kane on Thu, Jun 3, 2010, at 1:28 PM

Replying to Edward Kane-The streets have been bad in Brazil since I was a child-and that was many years ago! I don't ever remember the roads or sidewalks being safe to walk or drive on and that was even when ol Pickett was mayor! As far as the mayor goes-she is OUR mayor-whether you disagree with her or not, you have to respect her and the job she is doing. Anyone on here want to run for mayor? Not me!

-- Posted by millertime on Thu, Jun 3, 2010, at 1:46 PM

Amen on that, not even for a big salary, even though there isn't, I wouldn't want to represent all these bitchers, facts or not they spew things that makes them seem pretty ignorant.

-- Posted by Edward Kane on Thu, Jun 3, 2010, at 2:10 PM

The Mayor and the Police Chief both have a lot of responsibilities. They are both human, too. They have their own ideas as to what the priorities are for the city. The Office of the Police Chief is subordinate to the Office of Mayor.

This article is not a call to bash the Mayor, at least, I don't think so. David says he is resigning "for personal reasons". I doubt if you can put a lot of other meaning on that.

Reporters report what they learn, but never all that is true because they never get the whole truth, just pieces, and there is never enough room to print it all in the paper anyway.

Three chiefs during one administration is above the norm, but how is that the Mayor's fault, looking back at the circumstances?

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Thu, Jun 3, 2010, at 2:38 PM

Because, Dear Leo .. she is the common denominator.

My personal opinion .. I don't believe a female should be Mayor in our town. Not because she's female but because (I believe) males tend to react more logically and less emotionally than females (doesn't make them perfect by any means - look at Bill Clinton!) .. just giving my opinion .. and I know I'm the minority. I'm ok with that. ; )

-- Posted by Emmes on Thu, Jun 3, 2010, at 3:12 PM

Leo L. Southworth is my hero. There is nothing he does not know.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Thu, Jun 3, 2010, at 3:19 PM

For those who are trying to help the mayor out of the hole she has dug for herself, don't waste your time. A small town needs stability which she obviously can't provide. She states "we have different versions of how the department can be a success". Maybe you can tell us what your version is since 3 chiefs have not seemed to have been able to do the job in your eyes. I would think running a city is a full-time job & that there would not be time for all of your hiring (family members & friends), firing (people that were probably doing a fine job in the first place), demoting (Mark Loudermilk)& promoting (uh...Mark Loudermilk). Your time is running our mayor & I am not alone in saying "It can't come fast enough"!

-- Posted by happyjim on Thu, Jun 3, 2010, at 3:51 PM

The common denominator for -- do whats right, no matter how it makes the Lady Mayor look and I bet she expected all the remarks and did what was right Wow Emmes you must be one hundred years old or more, those opinions went out years and years ago.

-- Posted by Edward Kane on Thu, Jun 3, 2010, at 3:53 PM

Edward Kane, you couldn't have said it any better. People feel like they need to bash others when they have no clue what they are talking about. I know it is easy to pass judgment when you are on the outside looking in and don't really know what is going on. Mayor Bradshaw is doing a great job and I know that Loudermilk will do a great job as he has done in the past! Everyone needs to stop bashing the Police Dept and start supporting all the hard work that these officers do.

Just remember people that all things happen for a reason. I know that this wouldn't have come about if it wasn't the best thing for the Police Dept and the City of Brazil.

-- Posted by OKay25 on Thu, Jun 3, 2010, at 4:39 PM

So the sinking of the Titanic was the best thing for the occupants thereof? I don't think so. Things that happen are affected by the people who make decisions. Sometimes people make bad decisions. Regardless of whether Dave made this decision or it was made for him (which I believe), he will be missed as the Chief of our city. No one will fill his shoes. As for the Mayor, I recall great cities in ancient times who fell to ruin because of the poor decisions of it's leader. Enough said!!!

-- Posted by Alabowt_brown on Thu, Jun 3, 2010, at 5:06 PM

Hey Leo, run for mayor!!!!

-- Posted by Ron Archer on Thu, Jun 3, 2010, at 6:55 PM

Oh please!! The sinking of the Titantic! I hardly think the Brazil Police Dept. without Mr. Archer as chief will sink. Mark Loudermilk did an excellent job before and in my opinion should never have been removed from that position. I'm sure Mr. Archer is a fine person but he is not the second coming of Christ. Sometimes it takes an official a while to figure out who can really do the best job. Meaning no disrespect, what was it that Mr. Archer did for the BPD and the community that "no one can fill his shoes"? Sounds a little exaggerated to me. Hopefully, Mayor Bradshaw will appoint Mark Loudermilk as the permanent Chief and things will get back on track.

-- Posted by IQ over 60 on Thu, Jun 3, 2010, at 7:46 PM

millertime you are right about one thing, the streets in this town have been bad for a long, long time. So, why in the hell would you throw good money after bad and purchase a street sweeper for streets that cant be swept? I do believe this one was on Mayor Bradshaw.

As far as the current situation at the police dept; I think Dave's personal reason for leaving is he was told to resign or be resigned, this was so he can at least get his last few years in and receive his retirement. If he would give the press the real reason for his resignation the mayor would look bad and Dave wouldnt get to stay on. That's how politics work. Dont make waves! My only question is; if Loudermilk was not good enough or able to finish out his term as chief before, why is he now? Hang around Dave, the next mayor will need a chief then.

-- Posted by lifehasitsmoments on Thu, Jun 3, 2010, at 8:05 PM

Out of a population of approx 8500 or so and only this few negative comments, this is not too bad, the Mayor felt , evidently, that she was agreeable with what archer said his reasons are for stepping down so why can't everyone else, before any one would choose archer as chief again, I would think if another mayor came in they would be privy to whatever the reason is, if it is more than he stated, should they want to put him in as chief again, this can't be pleasant as Mayor to go thru this so I would imagine they wouldn't want to have any repeats of this comment section.

-- Posted by Edward Kane on Thu, Jun 3, 2010, at 9:06 PM

This is really sad, but I can't say that I didn't see it coming. For the record this is the mayor's fault. Mrs. Bradshaw has hired her family members to run the city. Her daughter runs Human Resources, her son-in-law works in I.T. and the Clerk's Office. Mrs. Bradshaw has put everyone in the Police Department at each other. She has lowered moral there by her actions and decisions. Personnel has completely changed there and we as a city have been affected. The latest is Dave Archer stepping down as Chief, but there were others that we have lost before him. Detective Martin Beasley, K-9 Officer Kenny Hill, Officer Bucklin who resigned because of problems there and has recently returned. Speaking of which was the mayor's idea to let him return, not Dave Archer's. Can you say unfair hiring practices because that open position was never advertised to the public. This is not Officer Bucklin's fault or Dave Archer's. After recently speaking with the names I have listed here, and other Officers, there is a lot more examples that could be listed that the general public would need to hear. I urge you as citizens to take the time to speak with the Officers about the issues so you can be informed as well. I do know the Officers that left or stepped down and it was because of these political issues. These former Officers have done like Dave and didn't sling mud or make waves, and I commend them for that, but wish we as citizens would have known there was a problem before now. Maybe Dave and the others just wanted to be able to look at themselves in the mirror in the morning. This is another great loss for our city. I feel for the Police Department and hope another transition for them will go easy. Good luck Mr. Loudermilk....looks like your going to need it. If them mayor didn't want you in the beginning, has went thru two other Chiefs, your going to need all the luck and help you can get so these things don't happen to you. I know where my vote will be next election. Dave you are a good man and I am proud of the decisions that you have made and know that you will flurish again. Just watch the bullseye on your back!!! A woman scorned!!!!

-- Posted by sawitcoming on Thu, Jun 3, 2010, at 9:56 PM

You people are quick to judge the Mayor. Look at it this way, if she wanted him to step down maybe he was doing a poor job. If someone hires you for a job and you don't do it well they will replace you.

Unless you worked for him and knew what was going on I would not judge her....

-- Posted by angry 3177 on Thu, Jun 3, 2010, at 10:05 PM

Martin Beasley left the dept. before Mayor Bradshaw took office get your FACTS straight..............

-- Posted by angry 3177 on Thu, Jun 3, 2010, at 10:08 PM

The job of chief of police is a political appointment. Knowledge of the job usually has less to do with the appointment than person's standing in the party and how many bucks are contributed.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Thu, Jun 3, 2010, at 10:57 PM

I did work for him and with him, and I do know what I'm talking about. Dave Archer is an honorable man and did not leave that postition just because of "personal reasons". He is just to responsible and honorable, as well as trying to keep a position with the department, to air dirty laundry. I'm sure the public, and I admit myself, will never know the complete story, but we have never known the whole story with any of the demotions that have occurred. Good luck to everyone involved and the citizens of Brazil!

-- Posted by lifehasitsmoments on Thu, Jun 3, 2010, at 10:59 PM

Dave, you've done a great job in each position you have been assigned. God bless you for trying to make a safer town for all the residents. Hopefully after the next election we will have a mayor who knows how to work with other departments in a dignified manner.

-- Posted by i'm justified on Thu, Jun 3, 2010, at 11:23 PM

Well, the best of luck to Dave Archer and Ann Bradshaw. I don't know Dave's reasons for stepping down and, from what I've read here, I still don't. I see a lot of speculation on the part of others. If I felt that it would make any great difference, I'd talk to him and find out what he tells me. After all, he had to make a personal choice as to what he thinks is in his best interest. I've done the same many times in my life. On the other hand, I've also had to fire people for things that had nothing to do with job performance, had people to leave that I wished had stayed, and had people who were very good at their jobs suddenly decide to change careers and move out of the country. That's just the way that it goes.

What's the deal with buying a street sweeper? The city needs one to keep the storm sewers from filling up with silt. Everything we can keep above ground and out of the sewers avoids digging them out when they clog up and the streets are awash.

If the city had the money to pave every street in the next month, now would NOT be the time to get it done. We do not have the money to do it, but, we are getting ready to rip the streets up to put in new water pipes, and there is no such thing as a pavement princess who is going to wave a magic wand and make the streets as smooth as glass overnight.

Now, there are some that like to bash people. That's fine and well, you have a right to have an opinion. When you live a while, you grow a tougher skin and don't worry to much about what people say. As for me, I've heard a lot worse from better men and women, people who might well chew me out and die for me the next instant. USMC, Semper Fi!

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Fri, Jun 4, 2010, at 12:11 AM


-- Posted by karenmeister on Fri, Jun 4, 2010, at 8:13 AM

Come on. If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck,and quacks like a duck it must be a duck. We have not had a great history with any of our mayors. But, things are really happening with this one. Oh, Criminology08, I think you have completely missed tha Freudian slip sayitloud is alluding to.

-- Posted by i'm justified on Fri, Jun 4, 2010, at 9:46 AM

I still can't get my mind wrapped around this because Dave Archer is the person on the force who should be Chief.

And Mayor Bradshaw, whether you agree with her politics or not, as far as I can tell, is a reasonable person.

There's got to be more to this story.

Cy, the original Tribune Star on-line article, and yes it has since been edited, had more quotes. I wish I had printed it off, but Archer was clearly hinting that there was a difference in philosophy and that he was not going to do what he was being pressured to do...in so many words.

-- Posted by ClayCountyGuy on Fri, Jun 4, 2010, at 11:14 AM

Great post Leo! I agree 100%.

-- Posted by ClayCountyGuy on Fri, Jun 4, 2010, at 11:26 AM

Come on Mr. Archer! If you're such an upstanding man, why are you standing back letting everyone smear Mrs. Bradshaw's name for your sake? This is ridiculous and sickening! That woman has been to bat for you on more than one occasion. And don't try to say that your family and friends are not behind these outrageous comments. Everyone is jumping to conclusions when no one really knows the truth. Be a Man and explain your actions. Anyone that knows Ann, knows that she is a wonderful person and would never make a decision she felt wasn't necessary for the department or the citizens of Brazil. I support you 100% Mrs. Bradshaw!

-- Posted by TheShadow on Fri, Jun 4, 2010, at 11:57 AM

TheShadow - Since we know you are NOT the general public of Brazil, which family member or close friend are you of Mayor Bradshaw? Shouldn't you get back to work on that job she gave you? Or do you sit around doing nothing & pay city dollars to an accounting firm to do your job like the mayor? Just know your time is running out also. Not to mention, if you really supported Mayor Bradshaw you would not have waited until the next day after the news came out to comment.

Note to Mayor Bradshaw, not a good idea to upset the police, fire & city employee's (excluding your family & friends) as they are the ones dealing with the public & it is usually who they back that becomes mayor. Think about it & really think before you act next time.

Mr. Archer - again, very stand up taking the high road & we the public support you 100%.

-- Posted by happyjim on Fri, Jun 4, 2010, at 2:42 PM

WOW! There are a lot of posts that base their comments on the personal relationship with David Archer. I however was a victim to both. On the personal level, David Archer was indeed a very nice man and I too thought honorable. However, getting to know David Archer on a professional level is a completely different picture. He abused his power, mistreated the system, mistreated citizens, and above all abused the law. He was on a path of destruction. He has cost this community more than his "friends" realize. He has made sure to be involved in things he had no business being in. He has destroyed good people because of his "GOD" complex. He has taken away. Maybe the church he sits in on Sundays should "pray" for him. Power isn't intended for the weak or evil hearted. Shame on David Archer! As a citizen of Brazil, I am ecstatic that David Archer is no longer Chief. It could have only been sweeter if he was off the police Department for ever! Karma is funny huh Dave???

-- Posted by citizen 99020 on Fri, Jun 4, 2010, at 2:42 PM

Awe.......Sorry HappyJim, apparently you don't have a job, cause it seems to me you have spent an aweful lot of time worrying about this news article. I may have noticed it sooner if I wasn't at work. And no I do not work for the city of Brazil, not that its any of your business. But I do stand by my previous comment and I really don't care how you feel about that.

Citizen 99020 ~ Thank you

-- Posted by TheShadow on Fri, Jun 4, 2010, at 3:34 PM

Citizen 99020 & TheShadow - If you notice about 85-90% of these comments are in support of Mr. Archer. I guess that means you are the minority same as Mayor Bradshaw & no one really cares about your opinion...same as Mayor Bradshaw.

-- Posted by happyjim on Fri, Jun 4, 2010, at 3:54 PM

To citizen 99020-You are so right,karma is funny.

To all others-Do you really think Mr. Archer was asked to do something that is against his morals? Boy has he pulled the wool over everyone's eyes if you believe that. Did it ever occur to anyone that perhaps Mr. Archer knows exactly why this change was made and Mayor Bradshaw is the classy one by not airing his dirty laundry to the media?

At any rate, the time has come for him to take it like a man. Positions change-it's a fact of life. Stop making excuses that are ridiculous and go in and do your job! You'll live whether you are chief or not.

-- Posted by IQ over 60 on Fri, Jun 4, 2010, at 8:43 PM

Did it ever occur to you IQ over 60 that you have no idea what you are talking about?? Unless you know the facts of the situation, anything you say really doesn't matter. As for Mr. Archer "taking it like a man", I believe he did. He isn't bashing anyone, and once his resignation was submitted, he bowed out and said nothing else. Be mindful of what you say when you don't know what you are talking about, because it just might come back and bite you.

-- Posted by rukiddingme62 on Fri, Jun 4, 2010, at 10:06 PM

Here's a thought and one I'm ashamed to have to point out. He said he was resigning for personal reasons, which is another way of saying "My reasons are nunya, nunya business." If he wanted you to know his reasons he would have told you. So why don't you all quit speculating, quit worrying about it and quit trying to lay blame. It's done and over with. He's resigned and that's the end of it.

-- Posted by Village_Id10t on Sat, Jun 5, 2010, at 4:20 PM

I agree lets see if archer wants to give the reasons, other than the personal reason excuse, I bet he won't, because he's enjoying all the support that he appears to be getting from those " Christians " he's got fooled. I feel sorry for anyone to be so gullible, but thats precisely why they get taken advantage of and used .

-- Posted by Ombudsman on Sat, Jun 5, 2010, at 6:07 PM

It is time to speak up on behalf of Mayor Bradshaw.

After Dave Archer resigned as Police Chief I made the mistake of reading the article on line on our computer and was surprised by the negative remarks against our Mayor. As far as I am concerned you people who spoke negative about our Mayor should be ashamed of yourself. Those who like to post comments on line after an article should care enough to post their real name and not hide behind a username or handle.

I'm the Secretary of Mayor Bradshaw and work with her (5) days a week and I know who she is and what she represents. I take the calls everyday that come in to City Hall and hear the citizen's complaints such as" my sidewalk needs fixed"," water leaks"," my alley needs fixed", "pot holes"," the tree in the tree row of the City needs cut and removed"," the Sanitation Department didn't pick up my trash" and also "my trash was picked up that shouldn't have been picked up". The streets are dirty for two years from the winter months so she listened to the citizens to clean up Brazil and make the City look better and now I see we have citizens complain that Mayor Bradshaw shouldn't have purchased a street sweeper.

Mayor Bradshaw drives the streets of the City everyday regarding these complaints to see if she can help the citizens of Brazil.

Then Mayor Bradshaw receives complaints on Police Dept, Street Dept., Sanitation Dept, Fire Dept, Sewer Dept, Wastewater Dept., Water Treatment, Water Office, Planning Dept. and Mayor's Office as well. She does her best to listen to the citizens complaints and investigate when needed.

People come in every week requesting help on their water bills and she always helps if at all possible. If someone comes in and needs money she is quick to pull out the money from her pocket and gives it to them.

Too bad Brazil has so many complainers who do not wish to volunteer their time or services to help the City look better and be a better place to live.

I'm at City Hall everyday with Mayor Bradshaw and I see first hand how she helps the Citizens of Brazil so I take offense of people making comments they do not understand.

Mayor Bradshaw would not, and did not ask me to write this letter I felt the need to let the citizens know she does an excellent job at City Hall.

Also regarding our new water tower, Mayor Bradshaw knew how difficult it would be to raise the water rates for the citizens of Brazil that are on fixed incomes. However, she also understood the City needs a new water tower. Politically Mayor Bradshaw knew this could be devastating for re election, however, she believed this was the right thing to do for the City of Brazil.

God Bless every one of you.

Debbie Pierce

City of Brazil

-- Posted by DKPierce on Mon, Jun 7, 2010, at 10:47 PM

To rukiddingme62

Did it ever occur to you that perhaps, just perhaps, I know exactly what I am talking about, and---perhaps, I even know exactly what I am not talking about? Ponder on that a while.

-- Posted by IQ over 60 on Tue, Jun 8, 2010, at 9:25 PM

How many Archers are in the police dept.?

-- Posted by Tabby on Wed, Jun 9, 2010, at 6:53 AM

That is touching Debbie!!! The mayor would give her money to the poor people as they come in if they needed it. Oh yeah, she was in such a giving mood that she gave you your job!! No wonder she is being plugged by you!! Those people who know her personally would watch their back as she was giving them something because when they turn around to walk away from her the knife would go in them. She doesn't care about people as you say. If you don't believe it, test it, just disagree with her about something. You will find out her other side and will probably be looking for another job. I'm sure you already know this because you have been around there long enough to see it first hand. That is probably why you are throwing "Kudos" her way. The mayor has proven herself very vendictive to people. People like you make excuses for her calling them "Tough Decisions" made by her. It will all catch up to her. As for the Police Department, Street Department, Fire Department, or any others... ask them their opinion and you will start to see the whole picture, especially when they give you real examples of things that have occurred. Stop making excuses and an emotional speech for her short coming's. As for Mr. Archer, I am supporting your decision and will back it up. I have done my homework by talking to her employees and have made an informed decision that there is a real problem. It is the Mayor and her inability to work well with others and not throw a fit when they don't see eye to eye. Good Luck Brazil!!!

-- Posted by sawitcoming on Wed, Jun 9, 2010, at 2:43 PM

You are foolish to post such trash sawitcoming, you may have been fed propaganda and obviously swallowed it, maybe you'll get the chance to swallow some crow before long. The Mayor welcomes citizens with complaints, but if it gets presented like your post, where you are saying you're the ultimate authority, maybe it doesn't set too well with those you try to approach, because, if you're wrong, YOU'RE WRONG !

-- Posted by Ombudsman on Wed, Jun 9, 2010, at 7:05 PM

Foolish...I don't think so!! Do your self a favor and talk with the employees of Brazil. I have been told numerous incidents concerning our Mayor by them. It isn't hard to do and they will be honest with you. If you take the time out of your schedule to do the leg work, before the next time you post. I did and it didn't take to long to see the big picture. If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, well then you can figure out the rest!!! Good Luck!! Propaganda means this: propˇaˇganˇda [ prňppə gándə ]

publicity to promote something: information put out by an organization or government to promote a policy, idea, or cause

misleading publicity: deceptive

It is not PROPAGANDA if it proven to be true. Do your homework and find out the truth. That is all that is being asked. You will find out that there is a problem in our city leadership. Common since would dictate that with all the changes and turmoil that has been caused by the Mayor. I still did my homework and found out that what was right in my face was true. By the way I have had to eat crow before, didn't like it much, but had swallow it an move on. This time I'm very sure that I'm having a steak dinner and enjoying it!!

-- Posted by sawitcoming on Wed, Jun 9, 2010, at 8:02 PM

No job is Utopian and every employed person has had a run in or issue with their respective bosses and/or supervisors before. You have the right to your opinion and I will fight for your right to keep it. However, your real power comes in your vote. If you are so displeased with our Mayor, then you have every right to not vote for her next election cycle.

However, to comment online that she is causing ire amongst her employees is truly not substantiated unless you indeed, have been one of those said employees. If you have and have been let go, then of course a disgruntled ex employee will find this a great forum to come on anonymously and bash anyone.

For you to post anonymously on an online paper seeking an attempt to assassinate her character just shows that your both cowardly and scared to be upfront and plant your name behind your facts. So, you do have the right to free speech and to cowardice as well.

-- Posted by karenmeister on Thu, Jun 10, 2010, at 9:11 AM

The Mayor is an exceptional person, you people don't realize how fortunate we are to have a person of her caliber and character willing to do the job she's doing for us, is everything perfect, not until the Lord himself does it will it ever be. The Mayor handles situations and doesn't run to the media and report the reasons for why she did things, maybe its because she doesn't feel she should tell archers personal business. I think sawitcoming is either mr. archer himself or a relative, his wife , brother, son something like that. I agree with Karenmeister, if you want to make such mean remarks, do it with your name, not such a cowardly post.

-- Posted by Edward Kane on Thu, Jun 10, 2010, at 7:04 PM

Lets look at the fact and weigh it out. The fact remains that Mr. Archer resigned, stepped into his new position. Since Mayor Bradshaw took over as Mayor, you Brazilians have had 3 Chief of Police changes. Really, are there no police officers qualified to do that job in Brazil? Um, I don't think so. So on the scales we have a Mayor who either has been snowed 3 times or a Mayor who can't be satisfied and 3 officers who either snowed the Mayor or got the shack. Most eyes are going to be looking at the Mayor, the position is to lead the community (into success). From the current news articles I would say it doesn't appear that you have a corrupt police force. Along with the fact that the Mayor has returned to the first Police Chief to do the job till another is found, tells me the problem doesn't lie with the police. The scales tip heavily on the side of the Mayor as being the problem.

Madam secretary, all of the departments that you listed that the Mayor recieves complaints from are all of the departments that she is head of, plus more. That is all in her job description. And as secretary part of your job description is to make the Mayor look good as long as you want a job. That is not listed on any of the paperwork that you signed when you were hired, but any secretary knows they need to make their boss look good. So in fact your comment on here did nothing more than make you look silly. This is an opinion page not a fact page.

Disclaimer: this post is the way I see it from afar.

-- Posted by righton on Sat, Jun 19, 2010, at 6:59 PM

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