Cedar Grove Police Chief Still on Staff

By: Dana Arquilla
By: Dana Arquilla

Guy Turcotte has been the chief of police in Cedar Grove for almost six months now, and it looks like he'll be around for a lot longer.

Citizens broke into a standing ovation once the decision was made to keep Turcotte chief. That came after hours of debate.

Some city commissioners raised the issue of his managing tactics, and some wanted him out of office, but the only fingers being pointed seemed to be the ones pointing right back at the commission.

Several citizens got up to tell personal stories of how Turcotte has come to their aid, and how his managing style is helping the city of Cedar Grove.

Several people pointed out that the commission should micro-manage their own department, and let the chief of police manage his branch.

By the end of the meeting, things got sorted out.

Sue Parker, Cedar Grove Commissioner, said, "I apologize if I ruffled any feathers. But again, I say I have done what I thought is right, and I still say that. And as far as I'm concerned, this issue is over."

Guy Turcotte, Cedar Grove Police Chief, added, "This is one of the reasons I became a police officer, the support we got tonight, and I'm sure the support back to the community will triple because my officers know the citizens here support not just myself, but the entire agency."

Several citizens were expecting a vote at the meeting, but with all the support in the room for the chief, the mayor simply told him, "See you at work in the morning."


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