Red Bank officials will announce a new police chief today, according to City Manager Chris Dorsey.
The announcement comes 48 hours after Election Day and follows a lawsuit-heavy summer for Red Bank that started with Dorsey firing former chief Larry Sneed.
Sneed lost his job for shepherding a department with a “significant amount of turmoil,” according to a news release issued by the city. Officials never clarified what the turmoil was.
Sneed subsequently sued Dorsey, Commissioners Floy Pierce and Greg Jones and the city of Red Bank for $1.5 million. His attorney wrote that Pierce and Jones broke an open meetings law and hatched a political conspiracy — persuading Dorsey to fire Sneed after the chief twice arrested their friend and political ally, Vice Mayor Monty Millard.
Two police officers and one DUI suspect then filed lawsuits asking the same amount.
Sneed’s replacement will appear at a 3:30 press conference at Red Bank City Hall. Dorsey would not identify the new chief before then, only saying he’s from “out of town.”
For complete details, see tomorrow’s Chattanooga Times Free Press.
Chris Carroll covers federal politics for the Times Free Press. A Chattanooga native, he went to Red Bank High School and graduated with honors from East Tennessee State University. Chris investigated violent crime, municipal government and hospitals before taking the political beat. For tornado coverage, he and Pam Sohn won a first-place Tennessee Associated Press Managing Editors deadline reporting award. In 2010, Chris won the Golden Press Card Award of Merit and another deadline reporting ...