Thursday, September 9, 2010

K-9 Suspended

Johnson City- Fire Starter has learned that Mayor Dennis Hannon has suspended Johnson City K-9 officer CJ for insubordination and conduct unbecoming an officer.  This comes as the latest in a long line of suspensions and disciplinary proceedings.

Hannon, reached for comment at his Lake Ontario summer home, had several comments regarding the matter. "This is clearly a personnel matter and therefore I am not at liberty to discuss the matter.   However, suffice it to say that Officer CJ understands that there is a new "Dog Catcher" in town and his dirty tactics will not be tolerated in the Village of Johnson City.  I am conducting a complete and thorough investigation and am confident that I will get to the bottom of this matter"

Fire Starter gained access to CJ's charges through an unnamed Village Court employee who provided them on the condition that she and her husband remain anonymous.  CJ has been accused of insubordination for using a "gruff" tone in speaking with Mayor Hannon. When questioned about the matter, CJ barked at the Mayor repeatedly.  Mayor Hannon was appalled by the harshness of CJ's response and felt that he had no choice but to suspend the officer.

Apparently, CJ only made matters worse when he was escorted from the station.  CJ was caught on surveillance tape urinating on Mayor Hannon's private vehicle.  When officers returned to the department locker room, a "fecal deposit" was found in the middle of the floor.  It is unclear at this time whether this was the work of Officer CJ or Patrolman Berdine, his handler.

Hannon concluded "Let me make this perfectly clear, I am here to clean up this village.  That does not mean I am going to mop up after a dirty officer.  I  think Officer CJ has a lot of thinking to do.  Hopefully he will use this suspension to conduct some soul searching.  Let there be no doubt that I am the "big dog" in JC"

Hannon vowed to keep Officer CJ on a short leash in the future.  Officer CJ, in a low growling voice, declined comment.

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