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Citizen of Piedmont

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Does Jerry Koester care about his department? No he does not! I have had many conversations with different officers of this department over the past 2 years. Koester has not once given his officers a pay raise nor has he given his officers new cars! As a matter of fact.... The last NEW cars purchased by the Chief was under Harden! I say we ask for Harden to come back as the Chief. He was for the OFFICERS and not for himself as Koester seems to be!!!! Koester is the type of person that.... If he can't benefit from a deal then he is not for it. He doesn't care about what is BEST for his officers... He ONLY cares about himself! If he cared about his officers then they would be paid better, have NEW cars, and would be PROMOTED!!!! YES Koester.... There are such things as PROMOTIONS!!!!!
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That Hardin guy didn't use the city police car and city gas to drive all the way to Edmond to the barber shop just to get his cheap toupee worked on either. Hardin mighta been a little creepy but he was 10 times better then the guy they got now.
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When I asked the city councilmen why he was allowed to go to the baber shop in Edmond to get his toupee worked on they said they didn't know nothing about that. I asked about why he only worked 2 days a week and spent the rest of his work week driving around the State attending funerals they said they didn't know he was doin that either. I told them there was a lot of hanky panky going on with this guy that they should check into. Like why did they spend $6500 to repair the transmission in his police car when he never uses it for police business. If he's gonna drive it for personal business shouldn't he be paying for the repairs and buyin the gas???? I over heard someone say he told them he was on-call all time that's why it was okay for him to drive the police car to Tulsa for a funeral. Instead of just being on-call why isn't he ever on duty???? You go up to the police station to speak with him and the nice ladies always say he's gone and in a meeting. I stopped and talked to Don Payne when he was Chief and he was always around. He was never gone to the meeting of the Faternal Order of Eagles. I didn't even know we had an Eagles lodge in Piedmont. Why is he going to give speeches to school kids in Putnam City when they have there own police? Why isn't he just given those speeches to school kids in Piedmont? What are we payin for here? I gotta couple of good friends that work there and they said as soon as they can find new jobs they are quittin and movin on. Those guys said they wish Hardin could come back as Chief. I think this is just a train wreck waitin to happen. I seen a lot of train wrecks an none of them was very nice.
Piedmomt Citizen

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First Hardin was a joke and isn't qualified to be a dog catcher. He was more interested in chasing the other things over the bad guys.

Police Chiefs do not decide on a pay increase, the City Manager and the Council makes that happen.

New vehicles purchased for the officers, again a is a decision only the City Manager and the Council make.
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I have to respond to the last comment made about the City Manager and City Council making pay raises and new cars possible. They can ONLY make these things happen if the Chief ASKS for them.

That's what Harden did for his officers! He asked for things and sometimes he got them. Look at the Fire Chief for Piedmont. He fights tooth and nail for things and he has succeeded more often than not!

They City Manager has enough going on I'm sure rather than to sit around all day and it suddenly pop in his head.... "Wait a minute!" "I bet the police officers could use a pay raise or new cars!"

Piedmont Citizen you have obviously never worked in City politics before. So please think about that before making another stupid comment. You sound like a fool!

Harden may have been a joke, but at lease he fought for his guys. He was down at City Hall EVERY DAY negotiating equipment, etc for his men.

The current Chief is out of town more often than he is in town. Between funerals, lunches, hair cuts, speeches, and attending conferences he doesn't have time for his men. He only has time for himself.

Oh yeah! Check with some of the officers of the town. They will educate you as to how things work. Ask some of them about a police conference recently that some asked to attend. They were told they could go on their own time. Good or bad? Not for me to say.

I will say that for the Chief to tell his guys they can attend a training conference on their own time and then the Chief turns around and goes on City time is just down right corrupt!

He needs to be investigated for misusing City funds!!! Someone please step up and launch an investigation. He is stealing from this City and people are letting it happen.
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Piedmomt Citizen wrote:
First Hardin was a joke and isn't qualified to be a dog catcher. He was more interested in chasing the other things over the bad guys.
Is this a joke? Koester had/has zero experience as a Chief. If the City of Piedmont needed a fulltime Funeral Director they would have hired one. You have absolutely no clue has to what goes in that police station on a daily basis. None!! Koester has turned the Piedmont PD into the laughing stock of law enforcement in Oklahoma.

Just take one look at that fiasco he created when he hired that Ward fella to be the Assistant Chief of Police. A position that never existed before and was totally uneeded. That whole disaster rests totally on Koesters shoulders. He should have been fired over that. It's an unmitigated disgrace.
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The is a difference between the Fire Chief and Koester. The Fire chief has firefighters that love their job and put their uniforms on with pride. The police officers only put their uniforms on to add more to their ego. The officers need to keep Koester. He may chase more than bad guys but so do the officers. they are in a group together of drinkers, philanders, liars and cheats.stop complaining.
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okie wrote:
The is a difference between the Fire Chief and Koester. The Fire chief has firefighters that love their job and put their uniforms on with pride. The police officers only put their uniforms on to add more to their ego. The officers need to keep Koester. He may chase more than bad guys but so do the officers. they are in a group together of drinkers, philanders, liars and cheats.stop complaining.
Stereotypical comment from you Okie. You can't tell me that 9 people at that department are to blame and the one guy at the top has no blame or faults. Again another ignorant comment. Please keep the stupidity off here. Think before you speak!
Bill Ward Jalalabad-Afgh

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What an unintelligent, uninformed and impudent postings. It’s sad that such a great city as Piedmont to have citizens (be it very few) to be so simple. It’s good that they are pusillanimous on posting their real names. It would be embarrassing to have others know how simple they are.
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Bill Ward, bankrupts the police department, is demoted and stripped of his title as Chief of Police, then abandons his wife here in Piedmont while he pretends he has some super top secret job in Afghanistan. Also claims to be an FBI National Academy graduate which no one can find a record of.
Nothin' like stayin' around to clean up the mess you created.
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Bill Ward Jalalabad-Afgh wrote:
What an unintelligent, uninformed and impudent postings.
That's funny chit. Use big words to try to show he's smarter then a bag of rocks. Trying to impress people with saying he's in Jalalabad when he's really in California(who cares anyway) Wonder if he'll try to fleece the people at the Baptist church into sending him more care packages?????. No wonder they canned his ass.
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Bill, Bill, Bill, Bill, Bill I believe we have been down this road before, but it amazes me that I am the one still here in the great city of Piedmont and you in Lala land. Let me please start out by saying it humors me that you would even keep up with things in this town. But you always were the one that had to creep on Topix to make sure no one was talking about you. So in case history repeats its self I can expect this forum to be deleted within 24 to 48 hours. To clarify the fact that I am not just a little simple minded person let me reiterate to you that I am Kim Brown and yes I still live in the same house that you and Koester passed by daily to talk about your officers, you moonlighting at I hop only to end with you asking the city attorney if you could give me a polygraph test when you and Koester were confronted with about it from your officers. Oh wait, that was before you were thrown under the bus, demoted of your title and then you mysteriously just walked away. In which I am still curious why your good ol buddy Koester didn’t go with you. Please do not under estimate my intelligence or anyone else on the forum by using such big words, which brings me to the point that I seriously believe that people tell you where they are at. So I loved it when you used the word “pusillanimous”, which means lack of courage, cowardly, weak spirited in which no one has ever said it better than Mark Twain.”The soldier deserted his troops in a pusillanimous manner”. You left Piedmont the same way you left the town of Spencer by painting the police department, making a used car lot of police cars, promising the world and never following through and what’s ironic is the fact that none of the citizens in either town care where you are or what you are doing. By the way, just curious to know what trunk are you carrying your shovel in now??
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Bill Ward Jalalabad-Afgh wrote:
It’s good that they are pusillanimous on posting their real names. It would be embarrassing to have others know how simple they are.
Pusillanimous is the name given to people who are addicted to popping pus filled pimples. They don't care if the pimple is on themselves, family members or just random people walking along the street. They will sneak up behind the affected pimple person, do a quick, but effective squeeze and dash away without further ado.
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Kim Brown wrote:
Bill, Bill, Bill, Bill, Bill I believe we have been down this road before, but it amazes me that I am the one still here in the great city of Piedmont and you in Lala land. Let me please start out by saying it humors me that you would even keep up with things in this town. But you always were the one that had to creep on Topix to make sure no one was talking about you. So in case history repeats its self I can expect this forum to be deleted within 24 to 48 hours. To clarify the fact that I am not just a little simple minded person let me reiterate to you that I am Kim Brown and yes I still live in the same house that you and Koester passed by daily to talk about your officers, you moonlighting at I hop only to end with you asking the city attorney if you could give me a polygraph test when you and Koester were confronted with about it from your officers. Oh wait, that was before you were thrown under the bus, demoted of your title and then you mysteriously just walked away. In which I am still curious why your good ol buddy Koester didn’t go with you. Please do not under estimate my intelligence or anyone else on the forum by using such big words, which brings me to the point that I seriously believe that people tell you where they are at. So I loved it when you used the word “pusillanimous”, which means lack of courage, cowardly, weak spirited in which no one has ever said it better than Mark Twain.”The soldier deserted his troops in a pusillanimous manner”. You left Piedmont the same way you left the town of Spencer by painting the police department, making a used car lot of police cars, promising the world and never following through and what’s ironic is the fact that none of the citizens in either town care where you are or what you are doing. By the way, just curious to know what trunk are you carrying your shovel in now??
Ms. Brown I commend you for using your name. A polygraph test with city money?You should talk to city concil and city manager or the news about this.
No more intimidation

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I find it quite disturbing that "our" police department is apparently in a predicament. It appears that some of these posts were made by 'inside' persons. I see too many details, numbers, and information that could be just 'hear say'. This is concerning that the employees that are "under the police cheif" can't even discuss these matters with him or anyone above him. What does that say about the department? From reading the things that are going on in that department I hope that this blog will be forwarded to the proper persons and something be resolved. The community of Piedmont ALL need to stand up for any wrongdoings or misuse of "our" tax dollars. If the employees can't trust their boss 'cheif' then how in the world should the public trust him? Do the person or persons that are over the cheif not look in to accusations or posts like this? Why do people with 'inside' info. feel they must remain anonynmous to post on here? Are they afraid of getting fired, demoted, blackmailed, harassed etc? I being a citizen of Piedmont will start encouraging ANY persons that are aware of ANY wrongdoing in the police department to put pressure on who ever it takes to get rid of this man that calls himself a 'cheif'. I no longer have faith in anytype of system to monitor what goes on with our police department. We need police to police the problems of this. What will our community do if things are truly as bad as some individual see it? Will we ever be faced with a threat of having an emergency, calling 911 and be told that "there are no officers to assist you. The department has lost its entire staff. But, im sure if you call a surrounding police department they can get here in about 45 minutes if they are not too busy." This is starting to concern the safety of this town and more importantly to me, my family.
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We must remain anonymous due to the very real threat of retaliation. If you dare question the current chief about anything you are quickly put on his shit list and banished to outer darkness. The current Chief attends many, many meetings all over the State and is constantly berating and demoninzing the officers that work under him.

In reality this shows that the current Chief has absolutely ZERO leadership skills. He never has been a leader and never will be. All he is worried about is how GOOD he looks. When something goes wrong he blames everyone else instead of stepping up and taking responsibility.

Due to his dereliction and mismanagement the department will soon be facing some serious financial problems. Police officers need vehicle to patrol with. That's a main part of the service they provide. How would you feel if you called for police assistance only to be told it would be a while because they were once again broken down on the side of the road waiting for a tow truck?? These vehicles need to be maintained and replaced on a regularly scheduled basis.

In order to make himself look better he defers spending funds on these things. That way he can go back to the City Manager and City Council and say "Look how much money I saved you". It's all about his overinflated ego.

Yet the amount of money the city spends on fuel for the Chief's vehicles runs into the hundreds of dollars per week. Even though he does not patrol or perform any police work in the actual city limits of Piedmont. All of this money is spent so he can attend funerals, fraternal association meetings and browse the aisles of C&J Sporting Goods in Bethany.

If an auditor truly performed an independent audit of the police department they would be aghast. Will anyone step up and do the right thing? I don't know. The honorable thing for this Chief of Police to do would be to tender his resignation immediately. Oh wait, he'll be attending another conference on the City's dime for the remainder of the week.......
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okie wrote:
The is a difference between the Fire Chief and Koester. The Fire chief has firefighters that love their job and put their uniforms on with pride. The police officers only put their uniforms on to add more to their ego. The officers need to keep Koester. He may chase more than bad guys but so do the officers. they are in a group together of drinkers, philanders, liars and cheats.stop complaining.
The fire chief and Koester have gotten along very well, unlike the previous police chief/supervisors. and, i beg to differ with you about the police officers being a group of drinkers, philander, liars and cheats! I've heard Koester speak many good things about his officers. He has praised them to me personally, and has given me the impression they are well-trained, and capable of handling anything that happens in Piedmont. Some agencies call the OH Patrol, OSBI and other depts. to work some of their cases. It sounds like theres an officer or two that thinks they can do better than anyone else. Just do your job and quit complaining! You're not going to be happy no matter who is in charge. No one is perfect, everyone makes mistakes, and you'll do the same to the next chief that comes along when YOU think they aren't doing what you want. Piedmont Police is more respected than it ever was. Do you think Koester is the only chief or police officer at funerals? Do you think he's the only chief at chiefs meetings? That's what chiefs do - get mad and get over it!
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What is wrong with you people? Just be careful what you ask for --- you might get it and find out it is much, much worse. Should that happen remember, you all asked for it and deserve it.
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concerned citizen wrote:
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Do you think he's the only chief at chiefs meetings? That's what chiefs do - get mad and get over it!
Once this douche bag is gone then people will get over it.

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