Aftershocks of the 2013 cheating scandal that brought down Winder’s former police chief and uniform patrol commander continue to ripple through the city government.
Two of the three former city officers alleged to have cheated on an October 2013 physical agility test — as well as one of the scandal’s whistleblowers — have retained the same Gwinnett County attorney and have filed U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission charges against the department.
Though all of the employment complaints on the surface don’t appear related to the scandal, those under fire say they got caught in the same trap that began closing early last year: political interference in the enforcement of city codes.
Those incidents in the months leading up to the cheating scandal included the controversy over city staff cleaning up a councilman's property over code violations; a question over whether to cite a WPD officer's daughter with another code infraction; and the city's actions after a code enforcement officer cited the mayor's brother for a violation of the Sign Ordinance.
For the full story, see the April 2 issue of the Barrow Journal.