View Documents Related to Chief's Firing
Here is testimony from the Richard Lucas vs. Braswell case and the sheriff's investigation into the sale of police vehicles L. Rick Richardson allegedly authorized.
With former Powder Springs police chief L. Rick Richardson joining the mayoral race against Paul Moore and incumbent Pat Vaughn, a debate has swirled on Patch about what is within documents related to his firing in February.
He was first put on paid leave late last November, when Vaughn was questioned in district court in the case of Robert Lucas vs. the City of Braswell. The case related to Lucas, a former employee of the Braswell Police Department, helping purchase one of three police vehicles from Powder Springs in 2007 out of pocket, thinking he would eventually be paid back.
But he wasn't by the city, and upon quitting the department, he took the car home and was arrested.
A legal battle would follow, which resulted in the testimony seen above. Last December, a $1 million settlement for malicious prosecution between Lucas and Braswell was reached, the Atlanta-Journal Constitution reported.
The documents show the other two vehicles went to the city of Rockmart, and Cobb County police's Mike Bowman and his company, Code Seven Police Supplies.
The City Council declared the vehicles as surplus on March 5, 2007, and they were scheduled to be auctioned five days later instead of being directly sold. Richardson was fired for allegedly authorizing the direct sale of the vehicles for undervalued amounts.
Here are the documents that are attached:
- Vaughn's testimony in Robert Lucas vs. the City of Braswell
- Richardson's testimony
- Lucas's testimony
- The testimony of Trey Williams, who worked for both Powder Springs police and Braswell police
- A transcript of Richardson and two other Powder Springs police employees, Matt Boyd and Charles Spann, interviewing Williams
- Ken Davis with the Cobb County Sheriff's Office interviewing Mike Bowman
- The findings of the sheriff's office investigation into Richardson
- Richardson's termination letter