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Former Jefferson police chief appeals certification loss

POSTED: October 7, 2008 5:00 a.m.

Former Jefferson Police Chief Darren Glenn has appealed the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council’s decision to revoke his peace officer certification, according to officials from the council.

"On Sept. 18, the POST Council did vote to revoke his certification," said Ryan Powell, director of operations for the council. "At this point, he (Glenn) has requested a hearing to appeal that decision, so it stays that decision until such time that the matter is resolved."

The council serves as a regulatory body for police officers in Georgia, much like the State Bar of Georgia for lawyers or the Georgia Board of Nursing for nurses, Powell said. It sets the standards for training and certification, and when officers "get in trouble, we investigate," he said.

Glenn, who is a former Hall County Sheriff’s deputy and Gainesville Police officer, served as chief of the Jefferson Police Department from March 1997 until June 2006, when he was fired following a Georgia Bureau of Investigation probe, according to the council’s case summary.

The summary notes there were allegations that Glenn’s wife, who owned a private investigations firm, used officers from the department to aid in cases for which her firm was paid. The GBI also investigated allegations of accessing tag information for his wife’s firm and using a former police officer to drive his son to a wrestling camp in Ohio, for which he was paid by the department.

A Jackson County jury voted to indict Glenn in September 2007, but he was "not permitted to attend the original indictment, and thus the indictment was vacated and redrawn." A second grand jury convened and decided not to indict him in December 2007, the summary noted.

Powell said the next step in the case now that Glenn has appealed the decision will be a prehearing conference, which has not yet been scheduled. If the matter is not decided in the conference, the case will go before an administrative law judge.



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