published Friday, December 17th, 2010

Red Bank officers learn fates Monday


by Chris Carroll

Two Red Bank police officers think the result of their Thursday afternoon termination hearings is "predetermined," but City Manager Chris Dorsey won't reveal their destiny until Monday.

"Would Chris Dorsey want to wait to see if he has to return all his Christmas presents for his two kids?" Cpl. Rebecca Chauncey asked after her hearing Thursday. "That's what I'll have to do for my family. This is my last paycheck coming up if I get fired."

Chauncey and Officer Bradley Hanon are accused of letting a bail bondsman force his way into the wrong home as he looked for a fugitive on Nov. 16. Officer Eric Massengale received a written reprimand for his involvement in the same incident.

After the three-hour hearing, Dorsey wouldn't discuss the reason for delaying his announcement until Monday.

But defense attorney Robin Flores said an outside investigation by a former Chattanooga police investigator determined that Hanon's involvement was less than first thought.

"Hanon was standing at the back door along with Massengale, according to the [investigator's] report," Flores said. "These officers acted in good faith. Another bondsman at the scene said that during the hearing."

The hearing in the Red Bank City Hall courtroom was closed to the public and the media. City Commissioner Floy Pierce said she attempted to watch the hearings, "but the city manager said I could not."

"I understand our policies, but I have concern for this community, and that's why I wanted to be there," Pierce said.

As he walked into his hearing, Hanon said the hearings were "formalities" and termination proceedings were retaliation against him and Chauncey. Both filed separate $1.5 million lawsuits against Red Bank alleging misconduct by their superiors.

Dorsey has denied that allegation, but he said former interim chief Dan Knight's "final" decision before he left the position last Friday was to recommend immediate termination for Chauncey and Hanon.

Knight is named as a defendant in both lawsuits.

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S2K08 said...

I sure hope Dorsey and Knight have good attorneys…

December 17, 2010 at 9:02 a.m.
S2K08 said...

Scratch that, I hope they don’t have good attorneys!!!!

December 17, 2010 at 9:09 a.m.
Abe said...

Chris, you have no idea whether this is true: "Two Red Bank police officers think..."

How could a reporter know what people think?

December 17, 2010 at 9:10 a.m.
ChrisCarroll said...

Good point, Abe. As a reporter, it's my job to observe/know my sources thoroughly, but perhaps that was too strong a verb. Thank you for reading.

December 17, 2010 at 10:10 a.m.
Tax_Payer said...

It is coming to a day where police officers are intimidated of doing their jobs over the possibility of some small error that they may not know yet. I'd say, let the officers slide on this one. If not, give probation or something other than removing these enforcers of the law off the streets. Those red light cameras can't do everything.

December 17, 2010 at 11:33 a.m.
noogan said...

Do you not believe that a jury made of our peers will not think this is retaliation for the Officer's suits. Of course they will. We all know this is retaliation. If it wasn't, the Administration would not just pick-and-choose who to punish and how to punish. Strange how Massengale did not get fired for doing the exact same things that the others did. Mysteriously, he doesn't have pending litigation against the city. As soon as the Jury hears this case, they will agree, and Red Bank will be opening their already dismal wallet and paying these officers what Dorsey and Knight have taken from them.

Red Bank Citizens: How do you like knowing your property tax will increase, not for education or improvements, but to pay lawsuits that were formed by the uneducated and ill will decisions by the City Manager that is paid by your hard working tax dollars.

I know the city is at a critical turning point. The people finally got rid of Glasscock and the drunk dictator, Chief Sneed. Red Bank Citizens spoke and showed Glasscock the door and gave a mandate for CHANGE. Not the same old back room deals that has hampered this city economically for years.

It seems like the problem WAS and IS the city manager CHRIS DORSEY. Dorsey hails from Memphis, a city rich in its history of backroom deals and crooked leaders. Dorsey left Memphis and brought the "Tennessee Waltz" mentality to Red Bank. The citizens cleaned house on election day and now its time for those elected commissioners to clean house in the City Hall and get us come good leaders that think about those that pay their salaries instead of themselves and their personal vendettas.

For the city's behalf, I hope he chooses not to hand a lawsuit "WIN" over to Flores by leaving no doubt he acts in retaliation to the officers.

Please contact your elected city commissioners, like I have. Tell them to get rid of Dorsey and Knight before they cost us again.

December 17, 2010 at 12:55 p.m.
splithorizon said...

Noogan - you know not of what you speak. The "drunk dictator" you speak of is Monty Millard, who engineered the former Chief's firing. Who had the DUI? uhh huh (hint: Knight - interim chief)... NOT Larry Sneed.

Interestingly, since Chief Sneed's firing, none of the problems have gone away it seems. Very interesting, indeed.

You might want to investigate why Mr. Hanon was dismissed from National Seating and Mobility... That might help build a little character background to spell out who you are dealing with here. All he has is a "mental anguish" defense/case at this point. He might have problems that seem to follow him from place to place.

I certainly think you've put strong labels on some of the wrong folks. Follow the drama!! Chief Sneed is no longer there - but the drama certainly continues. The former Chief knows it's hard to deal with troublemakers like Hanon. It got him fired, but the trouble still persists, doesn't it? I really can't see where Chief Sneed was the "issue."

p.s. I know for a fact former Chief Sneed rarely drank alchohol in the past 10 or so years (most definitely during his tenure at Red Bank). He believed he was in a position where he should set an example (exactly why family and friends paid their fines/tickets just like everone else). He believes in the law that he is sworn to uphold - you can not fault that. That's not to say he never drank - I'm sure he did (it is legal, after all) - but it was most certainly not the norm. To call him a drunk is very dishonest. I truly think you have him mixed up with Monty Millard and/or Mr. Knight.

So before you go calling people "drunk dictators," please get your facts straight!

December 17, 2010 at 2:24 p.m.
Allison12 said...

Red Bank is a poorly managed city, constant controversy, the buck stops with Chris Dorsey.

December 17, 2010 at 8:10 p.m.
noogan said...

Sneed gone + problem continues = Dorsey

December 18, 2010 at 12:46 a.m.
noapathy said...

Splithorizon, I do know why he was let go from National Seating...I used to work there. However, how would you like a mistake of yours that has nothing to do with your police career to follow you around or be brought up without merit? You are the only one I've seen stoop to that level in all of this. That is pure comedy, he's not trying to run for office here but yet you feel the need to slander him on personal opinion that's neither here nor there. His previous employment records have no business next to the issues he faces in RB. Have you read the actual lawsuit? If not,I suggest you do because he has a lot more against the city than mental anguish and that's a fact. The city responded with nothing but B.S. in return, I don't think it will hold up in court because they acted like children....most of all Sneed. They didn't like that they got caught putting people in the places they thought they belonged, it was not a fair deal....just very obvious that they had a god complex when it was all said and done. Sneed may not be a drunk but he was many other things. What I say goes and anyone that doesn't agree or tried to stand in their (Sneed and Glasscock) way would be retaliated against. This is why they are gone, the people recognized that along with many other backroom deals...the middle school that Glasscock set himself up to benefit from, the Pride Association he founded that tried to say were not his handpicked cronies. I feel bad for the priders that were not brown-nosing because they all got a bad name during the election....and were pretty petty about not getting their way. How dare more than 1/2 the voters not agree with them??? They thought it was in the bag. The bad reputation will not end until there is room for open dialogue amongst the citizens. Right now the closed minded, stubborn nature of sore losers presents a road block for real progress and improvement. It's really sad to see how some that consider themselves prideful of RB have acted after losing, constantly looking for the next person to throw under the bus and we were supposed to think they would have worked for the people if they won??? Only their own agenda would have been executed...not that of the City of RB as a whole. You sound just like one of them. Dorsey may need to go too, only time will tell. These Sneed supporters need to follow him wherever he went, he might need you there.

December 21, 2010 at 3:39 p.m.
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