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Mayor Responds to Richardson with Polygraph

Here are the results Pat Vaughn provided at Thursday's candidate forum at Tapp Middle School.

Mayor Pat Vaughn gave the above papers to anyone wanting copies at  at . They're the reports of polygraph examinations she had done by APeal Agency in Marietta in response to statements by mayoral candidate and former police chief L. Rick Richardson.

The first report is in response to whether Vaughn had prior knowledge of the police vehicles that led to being held out of public auction.

The second is in response to whether Ray Richardson suing the city and settling out of court played a role in the former police chief being fired. Ray Richardson is L. Rick Richardson's brother and the former deputy chief of police.

Also in the paper-clipped packet Vaughn distributed was:

  • A sales agreement between Mike Bowman and Richardson, signed by Richardson, for one of the three police vehicles
  • A copy of to
  • A portion of the transcript of
  • A portion of the transcript of former Powder Springs police officer
  • Portions of Richardson's and Bowman's separate interviews with the Cobb County Sheriff's Department
Bill October 28, 2011 at 10:42 AM
For the first time, i heard something out of mayor Vaughn's mouth that was the truth, the most important thing to her is her name. What the chief said reflected that statement directly. She will put the blame on any and everyone before she will admit to a mistake. Oh, and as for a polygraph, it is not like it is on tv... all you have to do is believe you are telling the truth, and you can fool a machine. i have to say that is the first polygraph test i have ever seen where the individual being tested came up with the questions.
Gary Huggins October 28, 2011 at 05:14 PM
I left Powder Springs in 2002. After staying in assisted living 4yrs., I returned to Powder Springs to visit friends and neighbors to catch up on what I had missed. I found that the city board officials and residents were even more separated and the city sinking into a state of inane rules with the usual police vs mayor battles . I'm glad I own property away from such conditions. It appears Powder Springs has joined the progressive movement and has fallen as a desirable town. The ruling class exists in PS solely for its own prosperity and soon will decay for its actions. Crime will increase while the police serve as traffic cops. Ex- Resident and glad of it. GLH
J. Talley October 30, 2011 at 01:16 AM
My husband, a former police officer before the Richardsons belittled him into resigning because he has a brain tumor and suffered from slurred speech which embarrassed the department, told me once that if you're on blood pressure medication, it could drastically interfere with polygraph results.
brian stann October 30, 2011 at 01:20 AM
The mayor says she did not know about the selling of police property, and took a polygraph test and passed, I think Mr. Richardson should take one to, But I believe the fish stinks from the head down. I was at tapp middle school for the debate, if you want to call it that, I thought it was very disappointing, one thing I did pick up on was the mayor said the most important thing to her was her name, and I believe that to be true, over anything just as long as the mayor comes out smelling like a rose.
J. Talley October 30, 2011 at 01:24 AM
Gary, to coin that phrase from the movie "Twister," "IT'S ALREADY HERE!" The crime is rampant, I never see a police cruiser in my neighborhood, despite the fact that large gangs of teenagers walk abreast and will not part to let a car through to turn up the street. And my street has more empty and/or for sale homes than occupied ones. I've lived here 20 years, in my house for 18, and with depreciation, I owe more than it's worth. Consider yourself lucky. She's done nothing for this city.
Bill October 30, 2011 at 01:47 AM
Belittled him into resigning? Really? What planet are you from lady
James October 30, 2011 at 04:10 PM
The question should have been, Were you aware that vehicles were being sold to other police agencies. Mayor Vaughn, you know you were aware of one, two, five? Anything but three and you would pass the question asked by the examiner.
James October 30, 2011 at 04:13 PM
Vehicles are sold for less than that even now, much less in 2007. The equipment was not being used because of the purchase of newer more modern equipment.
I Get It October 30, 2011 at 05:43 PM
Ms. Talley, Let's not allow our animosity to cloud the facts. Blanket statements like "she's done nothing for this city" reduce the credibility of her opponents. At the same time, her supporters who use the same tactics vilifying the so called "OWS" crowd do nothing to help her cause. The Mayor has done much good for this city. In the technical sense, she is a very good mayor. Her main shortcoming is she lacks accountability skills.
James November 06, 2011 at 02:51 PM
And by the way, I'm not finished with him is not the same as getting even. Semantics makes a big difference on polygraphs
J. Talley November 07, 2011 at 12:13 AM
Bill, were you there? Did you witness the taunting? Were you a member of the PSPD at that time? If so, shame on you. It's called "constructive discharge." I tried to get him to sue the city, but with his illness and his pain, he just gave up and said he never wanted to see any of them again. Not Rick, not Ray, none of them. And don't insult me - besides a three-decade career in human resources leadership, I'm no lady. (JOKE - lighten up!)
Bill November 07, 2011 at 12:27 AM
I do know that Rick and Ray were not in charge at that time so you shouldn't be accusing them of anything until you get your facts straight.
J. Talley November 07, 2011 at 12:42 AM
If that comment was for me, I'm pretty sure Rick was the chief in 1997. Guthrie was gone. And I'm not accusing - because that would imply that certain behaviors didn't happen.

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