Thomasville Times Enterprise


January 11, 2014

Meigs loses another cop

THOMASVILLE — After Sarah Walls quit as a Meigs police officer Friday night, only the part-time acting chief remains.

Walls said she was assigned to work this weekend, but could not remain on the job after several encounters with Linda Harris, Meigs’ new mayor.

Walls said Harris has repeatedly approached her in a hostile and aggressive manner. She also cited discrimination and a hostile working environment.

The former officer was hired by the previous administration in October 2013 as a full-time Meigs police Department employee who was to divide her time between being a patrol officer and a police department clerk.

Walls said that each day she has reported for work since Harris became mayor, Harris found an issue with her — “and me only every day.”

Walls worked Monday through Friday of the past week.

Her resignation letter says Harris belittled Walls and questioned her credibility and competence in the presence of others.

Walls, 26, plans to pursue the matter and is seeking legal counsel.

Harris, who has been mayor for about 10 days, said she was responding to citizens’ complaints about the police car Walls was driving being somewhere it should not be. Harris would not say where the car allegedly was.

She said she has not been hostile toward Walls.

“I don’t work with her per se. … I don’t work hand-in-hand with her,” Harris said.

The Thomas County Sheriff’s Office responded to Meigs and the Walls/police matter Friday night. Harris said sheriff’s office personnel told her she handled the situation as they would have and that she did nothing wrong.

Edward “Blue” Rauls, the town’s only remaining police officer, is a part-time employee and acting chief.

Chris Luckey, Meigs police chief for the past two years, resigned in recent days, along with Drew Campbell, also an officer.

Two Meigs City Council members reportedly have resigned since Harris took office. Of the seven-member council, only Harris and three council members remain. One council seat was vacant before Harris took office.

Tommy Coleman, an Albany attorney and Meigs city attorney, said last week five council members constitute a quorum of the panel.

Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1820.


Text Only
Business Marquee
House Ads
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP Video
Couple Channel Grief Into Soldiers' Retreat WWI Aviation Still Alive at Aerodrome in NY Raw: Rescuers at Taiwan Explosion Scene Raw: Woman Who Faced Death Over Faith in N.H. Clinton Before 9-11: Could Have Killed Bin Laden Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction Malaysian PM: Stop Fighting in Ukraine Cantor Warns of Instability, Terror in Farewell Ravens' Ray Rice: 'I Made a Huge Mistake' Florida Panther Rebound Upsets Ranchers Small Plane Crash in San Diego Parking Lot Busy Franco's Not Afraid of Overexposure Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter


Does it bother you that the Thomasville-Thomas County Central football game won't be played for at least the next two years?

     View Results
NDN Video
Famous Internet Cats Help Big Cause With Viral Video Raw: Obama Gets Hug From Special Olympian Snoop Dogg Narrating Animal Footage Is Perfect Tigers Acquire David Price - @TheBuzzeronFOX Russell Brand Slams Sean Hannity Over Gaza Conflict Segment Chapter Two: Composing for a film in retirement Woman's Dive Goes Terribly Wrong Brian Williams Reports on Daughter Allison Williams' 'Peter Pan' Casting News Did Jimmy Fallon Look Up Heidi Klum's Dress? What Drama? Miranda Kerr Poses Topless Plane crashes in San Diego Costco parking lot Justin Bieber Takes To Instagram To Diss Orlando Bloom You Won't Believe the Celeb Cameos in "Sharknado 2" Pitch Invading Morons Cause Chaos - @TheBuzzeronFOX Orlando Bloom 'Takes a Swing' at Justin Bieber In Ibiza Sadie Doesn't Want Her Brother to Grow Up "Maxim" Hotness! See Jessica Alba's Sizzling Spread Two women barely avoid being hit by train Broken Water Main Floods UCLA Orlando Bloom and Justin Bieber Reportedly Came To Blows In Ibiza