By Herman Wang and Ginny LaRoe
A former city judge said today he is sure a retired police chief asked former Chattanooga Mayor Bob Corker for more 911 operators.
I know for a fact he asked for more 911 operators, Walter Williams said of Chief Jimmie Dotson, who headed the department from 1997 to 2004.
The judge would not disclose his source for that information.
He also said its unfair to attack Mr. Dotson for his leadership of the Chattanooga Police Department.
For Bob Corker, through his spokesman, to say Chief Dotson did not have control of his department, is just wrong, Mr. Walter said. Its unkind and unfair.
Mr. Corker, who is now running for the U.S. Senate, has not commented on the matter.
Todd Womack, political director for the Senate race and spokesman during his years as mayor, has said he does not recall Mr. Dotson making those requests.
Mayor Corker talked to police department leadership about 911 and was very diligent in making sure it was performing at a good level, Mr. Womack said Thursday.