published Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

LaFayette Public Safety Director Tommy Freeman fired

Lafayette Director of Public Safety Tommy Freeman.
Lafayette Director of Public Safety Tommy Freeman.

In the midst of a flurry of complaints against Public Safety Director Tommy Freeman for fostering a hostile work environment and retaliation against employees, city officials confirm he was fired this morning.

City Manager Frank Etheridge said Freeman was terminated this morning.

Freeman, who was over the police and fire department, was hired in 2007. He came under question in March, after a disgruntled and recently fired firefighter Johnny Stephens Jr. complained to city council that Freeman fired him out of retaliation.

At that city council meeting, other former employees came forward claiming Freeman fostered a hostile work environment and that the city council had ignored the problem for years.

City Councilman Ben Bradford said after that meeting, he met with current LaFayette employees to determine if there was a problem.

After talking with employees, Bradford said: “I did have a concern.”

Check back with the Times Free Press for more details.

about Joy Lukachick Smith...

Joy Lukachick Smith is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Since 2009, she's covered crime and court systems in North Georgia and rural Tennessee, landed an exclusive in-prison interview with a former cop convicted of killing his wife, exposed impropriety in an FBI-led, child-sex online sting and exposed corruption in government agencies. Earlier this year, Smith won the Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative Reporting. She also won first place in ...

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