Chief Terry Martin and "Issues"

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Murray Resident

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#1 Nov 4, 2012

Chatsworth police detective position ditched in cutbacks (Updated 5:20 p.m.)
Rachel Brown
rachelbrown@daltoncitizen.com The Dalton Daily Citizen Fri Nov 02, 2012, 05:19 PM EDT

A long-time detective with the Chatsworth Police Department was let go in what officials said could be the first of several rounds of budget cuts for the city.

Jim Whitehead was let go Thursday because the city had to cut expenses and the position was no longer needed, said Chief Terry Martin. Martin initially said he let Whitehead go because of “personnel problems,” but declined to provide details. He said in a later interview on Friday that the decision was for financial reasons.

“He was not terminated, his position was done away with,” Martin said.“We can’t justify keeping a detective on and paying his salary and him not doing (much because of the city’s low crime rate). He was just let go on account of the job had been discontinued. He was laid off.”

A home phone number for Whitehead could not be found, and he didn’t immediately respond to a message left through his Facebook account. Whitehead has worked for the department for more than 20 years.

Alderman Fred Welch said Martin was asked to look at his budget and make cuts. Whitehead made close to $50,000 and was one of the top-paid officers, officials said.

Welch said officials in the coming weeks will meet with other department heads and examine ways to trim their budgets for the fiscal year that begins Jan. 1. A work session on Monday at City Hall begins at 5 p.m. and will be followed by a 6 p.m. meeting.

The city’s current budget is about $4 million, and about $1.2 million of that goes toward the police department, officials said. City officials voted about two months ago to lower the property tax rate from 2.342 mills in 2011 to 2.265 mills for 2012. A mill is $1 of tax for every $1,000 of property value.

Martin said eliminating Whitehead’s salary will leave the department with 12 patrol officers, a chief and no detectives. He said he eliminated a captain’s position in an earlier round of budget cuts.

Asked if there were issues with Whitehead, Martin said,“Jim was a good detective when we kept him busy, but everybody’s got issues. I’ve got issues, and all my other officers have got issues. We’re human beings. It’s really just doing away with positions as far as a detective goes.”




Murray Resident

United States

#2 Nov 4, 2012
I find the comments by Chief Martin to be so strange , Almost comical! I would love to know what the "issues" everyone has !
Flipped

Morristown, TN

#3 Nov 4, 2012
Yeah me too sounds like Martin is the one with "ISSUES"
Issues

Morristown, TN

#4 Nov 4, 2012
Martin is a joke!!!! He should have been the one to be laid off.
stupid

Morristown, TN

#5 Nov 4, 2012
Martin should have been gone from police department years ago. He is a shame and disgrace to that place.
youkiddin

Lexington, NC

#6 Nov 4, 2012
That place is a disgrace to that place. Martin is just the worst.
flipped

Morristown, TN

#7 Nov 4, 2012
yep wish we could vote him out this position needs to be an elected position instead of appointed we all need to go to the city counsel meeting and voice concern on this matter
guest

Charlotte, NC

#9 Nov 4, 2012
I would love to hear him give a press conference. ....seriously
funny

Morristown, TN

#10 Nov 4, 2012
It would be hilarious. Look at the article in the paper. He is ridicilous!!!!!!
Really

Newnan, GA

#11 Nov 4, 2012
They need to clean house just like the sheriffs office starting with the top!
farmer

Atlanta, GA

#12 Nov 5, 2012
I know who you should go to if you know about him. His 6 x wife's or the kids that have nothing to do with him . The man is a elohssa
joke

Ashburn, VA

#13 Nov 5, 2012
Clean house everywhere this county is evidently going to be dissolved half Gordon half Whitfield reps are already set up too many small counties in Georgia just saying
Alogorythim

Chatsworth, GA

#14 Nov 5, 2012
joke wrote:
Clean house everywhere this county is evidently going to be dissolved half Gordon half Whitfield reps are already set up too many small counties in Georgia just saying
Murray County is not a small county. We have 40,000 people and have been growing every time the census is taken. We are larger in land area than many of the counties in Georgia. I don't think Murray County is going anywhere unless Obama sells us to China.
JOE

Dalton, GA

#15 Nov 5, 2012
Alogorythim wrote:
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Murray County is not a small county. We have 40,000 people and have been growing every time the census is taken. We are larger in land area than many of the counties in Georgia. I don't think Murray County is going anywhere unless Obama sells us to China.
If Obama knew Murray County like we do ,he might just try to sell us to china .Did you know China shoots people for a lot less than what has been going on in Murray County,that why they don't have corrupt politicans at least live ones.
Alogorythim

Chatsworth, GA

#16 Nov 5, 2012
JOE wrote:
<quoted text>If Obama knew Murray County like we do ,he might just try to sell us to china .Did you know China shoots people for a lot less than what has been going on in Murray County,that why they don't have corrupt politicans at least live ones.
You really think Communist China doesn't have corrupt politicians?
The entire country is corrupt.
Duh

Clifton, NJ

#17 Nov 5, 2012
funny wrote:
It would be hilarious. Look at the article in the paper. He is ridicilous!!!!!!
What do you expect, he's like Jethro Bodene of the Beverly hillbillies..........He got himself a sixth grade education! Guess what, it shows!
Truth

United States

#18 Nov 6, 2012
If he gets mad at a woman, he starts calling them lizzie, see how immature and how low his iq is. Youcan't expect much from a highschool drop out! Of course someone than has been married 7 or 8 times probably don't really like women to begin with.
maybe he really likes the pole and not the hole, maybe that is why he ends up divorced all the time.

all I can say is, Chatsworth Police needs to be cleaned up, just like they did with magistrate. Chatsworth needs a change , they need someone professional and someone more qualified.
joke

Sevierville, TN

#19 Nov 6, 2012
Need a woman chief
cheryl

United States

#20 Nov 6, 2012
Duh wrote:
<quoted text>
What do you expect, he's like Jethro Bodene of the Beverly hillbillies..........He got himself a sixth grade education! Guess what, it shows!
Truth is, Jethro is much smarter than Terry! If he has a personal issue with you, he will use his authority to try and get you in trouble. Very vindictive. He needs to remember what goes around, comes around.
Concerned

Ringgold, GA

#21 Nov 6, 2012
I think its very tacky to talk about someone you dont know. Terry is a fantastic guy. So before posting comments about someone you dont know get the facts straight. Terry would do anything for anyone. So stop being jealous!!!!!

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