A former deputy DeKalb County police chief has admitted taking a businessman’s bribes. Ex-Lt. Donald E. Frank faces up to five years in federal prison. Sentencing has not been scheduled, which often means that prosecutors want to see whether a defendant can supply useful information — and, if necessary, testify — about criminal activity by others.
Former DeKalb police Lt. Willie Daren Durrett was arraigned Monday for allegedly taking bribes from a small business owner, forcing a delay in the trial of co-defendant Donald Frank. Court filings, meanwhile, show Frank’s attorneys are hoping a jury never hears the name of Frank’s former boss, ex-DeKalb CEO Vernon Jones.
Now this is wacky. Former DeKalb County police chief Terrell Bolton, who alleges DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis was just out to get him when Ellis fired him last year, now claims a gaggle of motorcyclists targeted him this week on a Dallas, Texas, tollway. One biker struck and damaged his rear-view mirror, Bolton said, while the driver of a nearby pickup truck made an offensive hand gesture.
DeKalb County acted properly in firing police chief Terrell Bolton for insubordination and improper use of county vehicles, a Superior Court judge has ruled. Even if it hadn’t, Judge Robert J. Castellani ruled Thursday, Bolton took too long to respond to a motion to dismiss his appeal.
Terrell Bolton, formerly DeKalb County’s $162,000-a-year police chief, is claiming indigence as he tries to get his job back. Bolton says he can’t afford to pay a court reporter to transcribe the four-day hearing held on his appeal of his dismissal. Bolton was fired in February for insubordination and misuse of county vehicles, including a $32,000 Range Rover and a $55,000 Mercedes Benz assigned for his use.
Fired DeKalb County Police Chief Terrell Bolton was insubordinate, misused county vehicles and repeatedly engaged in conduct unbecoming an officer, an administrative hearing officer has ruled. Download the full decision.
Marilyn Boyd Drew appealed her July 20 firing as DeKalb County’s parks and recreation director, but she won’t get a hearing like the county’s police chief did. Records show the county rejected Drew’s appeal on the grounds that her job was exempt from the Merit System’s protection. She was once mistakenly classified as a merit employee, but not anymore.
Ex-DeKalb police chief Terrell Bolton, fired for personal use of county vehicles, gave himself sole authority to approve use of take-home police cars late last year, records show. But that directive took effect several weeks after he returned two luxury cars, seized from drug dealers, that had been parked in the garage of his Stone Mountain home for much of 2008, according to evidence in an administrative hearing on his dismissal.
Fired DeKalb police chief Terrell Bolton’s explanation for keeping two seized luxury cars at home in his garage is “absurd,” the county’s district attorney says. Police handling of the two cars might also have violated state law, DA Gwen Keyes Fleming wrote in a March 24 letter. But she said it would not warrant criminal prosecution.
Fired DeKalb police chief Terrell Bolton testified today he was exempt from county procedures forbidding police executives from taking compensatory time. He said Vernon Jones, former DeKalb CEO, promised Bolton comp time in 2007 when he was hired. “My deal was that I had followed the [comp time] policy as established by my boss,” he testified as an appeal hearing on his firing resumed. “I was an executive and I was unique.”
DeKalb County’s top cop took more than $35,000 in comp days even after his supervisor refused to sign off on them, investigative records show. Terrell Bolton was fired as police chief in February for, among other things, abusing comp time. Although DeKalb’s police manual forbids executives from accruing comp time or overtime pay, the chief […]
One Sunday last April, then-DeKalb County Police Chief Terrell Bolton suited up for a three-hour Buckhead dinner honoring two slain officers. On a Saturday night several weeks earlier, the chief spent three hours at the Atlanta premiere of the new movie by Tyler Perry, “Meet the Browns.” And, for the 2007 holiday season, Bolton took […]