New Red Bank police chief to be named today

New Red Bank police chief to be named today

November 4th, 2010 by Chris Carroll in Local Regional News

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.