SANSOM PARK (CBSDFW.COM) – The City of Sansom Park’s police chief has been placed on administrative leave and three of its police officers fired after an internal investigation.
Mayor Jim Barnett said it all stems from complaints from current and former staff members. Sansom Park Police only have 14 officers. Four of them out is nearly a third of the department.
Stephanie Searcy grew up in Sansom Park. She lives across the street from the police department. But she hadn’t heard anything about the firings of: Detective Tom Milner, Patrol Officer Josh Smith, and Corporal Andy Young.
Searcy said, “If it was because of sexual harrassment, he (the mayor) definitely did the right thing.
When CBS 11 Reporter, Carol Cavazos, asked the mayor if it had to do with sexual harrassment, he said, “You could say that.” But later, he told her he preferred she didn’t.
Mayor Barnett held a meeting today for staff members. He said it was to apologize to them because he found out complaints from eight current and former staff members involving the officers date back a year to a year and a half.
Gloria Arellano has only lived in Sansom Park for six months. “And nothing was done until just now? I don’t think that’s right either,” she said.
Police Chief Tony White, who has always been at the forefront of the Tickets for Toys Christmas program, was placed on
“I don’t think that’s fair. If the other policemen were fired then I think the same thing should happen to him,” Arelllano said.
The mayor said the investigation should be finished in a couple of weeks and that because of scheduling, the police department is OK with coverage.