published Friday, February 20th, 2009

Soddy-Daisy: City manager 'pressured' out

by Jacqueline Koch
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Soddy-Daisy commission meeting

Allen Lewis, 49, wanted nothing less than the start of a formal impeachment process against Soddy-Daisy commissioners whose actions have caused the city embarrassment in recent weeks.

“They’re doing stuff on the street that the normal person would be incarcerated for,” said Mr. Lewis, who has lived in Soddy-Daisy for 40 years.

Mr. Lewis was one of more than 100 people in an overflow crowd at City Hall on Thursday night who heard sometimes heated, sometimes emotional discussion expressing support and disdain for the commission. About half a dozen residents came forward to address the commission and crowd.

Some residents said they supported the police department and are ashamed of the actions of commissioners, who try to control officers, he said.

“We’ve got a fairly good council of embarrassment,” Mr. Lewis said. “Police officers are afraid to do their jobs.”

He referred to Mayor Gene Shipley and City Manager Janice Cagle, who became involved in the traffic stop of Mr. Shipley’s uncle Jan. 1. Ms. Cagle called the sergeant in charge of the shift, who told the arresting officer that his job probably would be in jeopardy if he didn’t release the uncle — who had been pulled over under suspicion of drunken driving — to relatives.

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    Staff Photo by John Rawlston Citizens fill the City Commission meeting room at the Soddy-Daisy City Hall on Thursday night to hear about recent controversial events that have happened involving city commissioners, the mayor and the police department.

During Thursday’s meeting, Ms. Cagle announced her retirement effective April 3. When asked why she was leaving after serving in the position for more than nine years, she replied, “Pressure” and refused to elaborate.

“Things have come to pass in the last several months that I think it’s time for me to leave,” Ms. Cagle said.

Mr. Shipley addressed his uncle’s traffic stop before residents’ participation during the meeting and explained that he simply made a phone call to ask if his uncle had to go to jail or could be released to family. The Hamilton County district attorney’s office found no wrong-doing in the incident.

“There was never the intent of a cover-up in no way,” Mr. Shipley said. “I hate that I embarrassed the city in any way. I think there’s a lesson in involvement in the police department.”

Mr. Shipley’s wife, Rita Shipley, addressed the crowd with tears in her eyes and a tissue in her hand.

“This man has served the city and the only thing he came to this town to do was to do good for the city,” Mrs. Shipley said, adding she was ashamed of the way people were casting stones. “These political games and back-biting (keep) the city from doing what it’s supposed to do.”

Some residents expressed support for the commission and Mr. Shipley.

“I feel this has been blown out of proportion,” resident Drew Newman said. “I’ve talked to more than three officers that still support the mayor and this commission.”

Vice Mayor Bob Privett loudly addressed issues about family favoritism and the traffic stop of Eddie Dent, wagging his finger at some residents.

City Attorney Sam Elliott said he had told commissioners not to discuss the death of Roger Redden, who died a couple weeks after he was stunned by the Taser of Soddy-Daisy Officer Melissa Daniels. Autopsy results are not yet available and the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident.

“We simply do not have all the facts,” he said.

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aae1049 said...

Janice Cagle, you were a professional manager for the yahoos in Soddy Daisy. You and your staff are fine people, and you will be sooo much happier away from that environment of good old boys. Enjoy your retirement and write a tell all book for fun and therapy. We know how those small town boards work.

February 20, 2009 at 1:08 a.m.
cannonball said...

What happened to the beer drinking uncle?

February 20, 2009 at 7:30 a.m.
captaincaveman said...

cannonball - he's hoping to get the recently-vacated city manager position.

February 20, 2009 at 8:53 a.m.
Confidential said...

Janice Cagle got a pat on the back and a $9000 check as a parting gift for helping sweep this matter under the rug.

“I didn’t do for my uncle what I wouldn’t have done for anybody in town that night.”

Mayor Shipley, you are a liar.

February 20, 2009 at 10:44 a.m.
SoddyBoy210 said...

I think it is crazy how somepeople just wont let stuff die. There are people out there that just like to hear themself talk and they just like to stir things up, cause they like the drama. I Geno Shipley is a sincere and honest man and anyone that says other wise hasn`t ever met him. I believe what he has told the news is true there is not a single person in the city of soddy daisy he woul not try to help that deserved it.

Janice Cagle was a very nice lady and she served her time on the board, but her time is up and she will go respectfully and quitly unlike others who have retired in the recent past.

As far as the Police go, Mr lewis,if there was anyone that could speak on behave of the police it would definitly not be you. Hearing the POlice officers talk,about 98% say that they are not intemidated,scared,worried or what every you want to call it, they stand right by the majority of the citzens of Soddy Daisy and just want this nonsense to die.

Yet again i am just a nobody looking in a several adults acting childish,names will not be said, they know who they are.I have lived in soddy my whole life and i wouldnt want to live anywhere else. Just because of some bad news doesnt mean the whole town should pay for it.

February 20, 2009 at 1:36 p.m.
keepwatching said...

Why don't the people who spoke up so loudly last night against the commissioner run for their seat? Mr. Lewis since you are so proud of Soddy-Daisy, why do you run in the next election? Let's see how many people would vote for you. I'm sure you won't, you will just keep supporting Bob, David, and Shane. That way the next time you run into some trouble they can bail you out.

Mayor Shipley, you've done a great job for the city of Soddy-Daisy.

Mrs. Cagle, I'm sorry to see you go! At least now you won't have to worry about the three amigos firing you. Let the truth be known Mrs. Cagle.

February 20, 2009 at 4:49 p.m.
CitizenX said...

Commissioner Shane Harmon, Welcome aboard. You have now joined the ranks of ex-mayor Bob Privett`s traveling puppet show. You where preceded by two other famous puppets, Commissioner Eddie Dent and Commissioner David Skiles, who by the way is related to the imfamous Bob Privett by marriage. Shane, if you do enough "Good Deeds" for Bob, he might let you gain access to the city court clerk Sylvia, who happens to be his older sister or prohapps his neice Lena, who happens to be Soddy Daisy city court secretary.With their influence with Judge Norton you can "Take Care" of almost any of your friends who might find themselves in trouble with the Soddy Daisy Police.If Bob, Sylvia, And Lena cant work their "Magic" with Judge Norton, I am Sure David Skiles Would be glad to make your friends bond, Should they be arrested, as he often does this with the Soddy Daisy Police Department, I understand anytime he makes a bond in Soddy Daisy, Police Officers are sometimes "Rewarded" for calling Skiles Bonding Company. By the way ,Shane, should you not find your way into the "Inner-circle" of "Privitteism" and become a "Real Puppet Commissioner" you can continue your current profession as a Grave Digger, and be just like Eddie Dent.

February 20, 2009 at 10:05 p.m.
onewhoknows said...

These glowing statements of support have got to be from people who know Shipley is dishonest and a liar. Geno Shipley has a record of violating laws while in office. Ask Sam Elliot. If he will be honest, he will tell you that Shipley admitted guilt to conflict of interest violations and had to resign as commissioner several years ago. Privett has interfered with police repeatedly concerning actions against his son. The honest employees will tell that this has always been the norm. Soddy Daisy deserves their negative reputation as long as this conduct continues by elected officials.

February 21, 2009 at 12:02 p.m.
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