Glynn County gained the battle to maintain a referendum on the continued existence of the GCPD off the Nov. three poll, which means the county retains not solely its newly appointed police chief but in addition the previous chief, who remains to be drawing a wage whereas on go away.
Powell had been on paid administrative go away since February and has continued to tug his $125,965 annual wage.
Glynn County commissioners appointed interim Police Chief Jay Wiggins, previously county emergency administration director, as everlasting chief this month and adjusted his pay to equal Powell’s.
Powell was positioned on go away pending the result of 21 costs levied towards him and three former high-ranking GCPD officers, which embody violation of oath of workplace, perjury and influencing a witness. The costs stem from a scandal involving an undercover narcotics officer’s affair with an informant and allegations of subsequent inner makes an attempt at a coverup.
Glynn County Fee Chairman Mike Browning mentioned the case towards Powell is “extremely politicized” and that he deserves an opportunity to clear his identify.
“He could not clear his identify, we’re not saying that,” Browning mentioned. “However we’re permitting him that chance. If he’s discovered responsible, then that’s between him and the court docket. The county will decide.”
With Wiggins within the prime spot, reinstatement is probably not an possibility for Powell. A number of components come into play: Powell’s success in proving his innocence, the willingness of a majority of commissioners to welcome him again and whether or not Wiggins stays chief during the case.
In June, commissioners thought of transferring Powell again into the place for which he was employed — neighborhood companies director — however put the topic on maintain as a result of some felt they didn’t have all of the details to decide.
If Powell is cleared of all costs, not all county commissioners need him again. Commissioner David O’Quinn has been open about his opposition to bringing Powell again into county employment.
Whereas initially on the fence, Commissioner Allen Booker has additionally since determined he’d prefer to see Powell go over the GCPD’s handing of the Feb. 23 taking pictures of Ahmaud Arbery.
Law enforcement officials didn’t arrest Gregory McMichael or his grownup son, Travis McMichael, on the day of the taking pictures. In an official assertion, county officers mentioned the choice was primarily based on recommendation from the Brunswick Judicial Circuit District Lawyer’s workplace, however DA Jackie Johnson has denied that declare.
Each McMichaels, together with the person who videoed the taking pictures, William “Roddie” Brian, had been arrested by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation in Might and charged with homicide.
One other issue at play is the standing of the police chief place.
Wiggins says he’s not going anyplace for the second however acknowledged exit from public workplace is on his thoughts.
“I can’t say that I’m not getting near that point, however I’m simply taking it day-by-day,” mentioned Wiggins, 53.
It’s somewhat early to decide to any plans, he mentioned, including that he has to take his household’s ideas into consideration however that he’s “totally dedicated to the police division.”
“I’ve bought my palms full proper now and doing the very best I can,” Wiggins mentioned.
That leaves Powell in no explicit place, Browning mentioned. He’s serving in no function however hasn’t been fired.
As for what his future as a county worker could also be, the county fee “must see on the day of reckoning,” Browning mentioned.