Disappointed by story on new police chief
April 24, 2012 12:01 AM | 1532 views | 9 9 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DEAR EDITOR:

I went to Acworth City Hall to attend the swearing in of our new chief of police, Wayne Dennard. I have lived here for almost 40 years and I have never seen anything at city hall that impressed me more. It was a “standing room only” event and there were more people outside. The unanimous feeling was joyful, both for outgoing Chief Wilkie because he was moving on up to something he really wanted and just as much or more, because Chief Dennard had been chosen as his replacement. There were no negative comments and nothing but praise from all.

Both men spoke and neither were at all hesitant about expressing their faith in God and belief in Jesus Christ. After the swearing in, some council members commented that maybe other government functions might benefit from the model set at this meeting; as well as by these two good men. I can hear the liberals starting to squeal as I write this.

It was only later that I read the slightly puzzling MDJ article about the strip club and Dennard’s former wife. I was very disappointed; not at all in Dennard; but rather that such ancient mud would be drug up and printed in the MDJ. I had expected just little bit higher standard from you.

I think we all probably have mud in our past, and if you do want to dig up any more in Acworth, just come see me. Before I met and married “She who Shares my Name” (kudos to D. Yarbrough) I could have made Charlie Sheen look like a scared sissy and the mud was spread from Bangkok to Barcelona and more.

Acworth and our police force are doing just fine. Years ago, Chief Wilkie recognized, and chose to hire, a very good young man. He has done his job as a mentor extremely well, molding that young man from what he was then into what he is today. Now we get to have him as our new chief. That is how things are supposed to work.

Kenneth D. Parrott
Acworth
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Blue Brother
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April 26, 2012
I'm very disappointed as well. I am disappointed that the so called leaders in Acworth chose a man with less than 10 years of police experience as the chief rather than hiring one of the experienced officers in the department for the job. And yes, the fact that he owned a strip club matters VERY much to those of us who work in this department. It makes us all look stupid. Just because the new chief is buddies with the city manager doesn't mean he is qualified to lead. He is not!
Kenneth D. Parrott
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April 27, 2012
@Blue Brother,

We disagree. My past actions can never make anyone but me look stupid. A person is "qualified to lead" in one way only; and that is, will others follow?

Also; one old rule for selecting a new leader from several qualified candidates is; "just how much more juice can we squeeze out of him before he retires?"

As far as being buddies with the city manager: I did not think our city manager had any friends:-)
anonymous
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April 29, 2012
The fact that someone was involved in a strip club should be an issue only if that person is a Democrat!
anonymous
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April 24, 2012
He isn't a minority.
Kenneth D. Parrott
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April 24, 2012
@anonymous

Please spare us the minority crap. I certainly do not like him as the prez, but Obama has shown the world what can be done in America. Anyone, of any race, can rise to any level they choose. Just use him as your model and go for it. (Please, please, do not be another socialist though)
seriously????///
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April 24, 2012
Mr. Parrott, can you say with a straight face that you expected a bit higher standard from the MDJ? They just try to sell papers. No shame in that of course. But certainly no higher standards than other media outlets to be sure.
Kenneth D. Parrott
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April 24, 2012
@seriously,

They can, and certainly should be, held to higher standards because they are local and we know them. In this country, we deserve exactly what we get from the media. The LSM is spewing garbage because, as you said, so many will pay for it. If you want that from the MDJ, then just shut up and sit down.
mariettadaily
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April 28, 2012
The MDJ didn't pick the police chief.
Kenneth D. Parrott
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April 29, 2012
No, they did not. They were I guess; adhering to Jack Webb’s old line “just the facts, Ma'am, just the facts”. And I must admit I can see how MDJ might have found themselves in sort of a “no win” situation once this news had been put before them. Which begs a logical, though irrelevant query; “who” might have put it there? Who really cares who they are? I am curious as to some seeming contradictions though. If their objections are moral and biblically based, where exactly does forgiveness enter the equation in this event? I would offer them these words; “cast the first stone”.
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