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Henry County police chief under fire after internal investigation report released

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Henry County Manager Jim Walker hasn't been on the job for a month yet but he is already dealing with his first major problem. The problem is an internal report that raises troubling questions about the Henry County Police Department's leadership, officer behavior, disciplinary policies and morale.

"It absolutely does reflect poorly on the leadership and I am really disturbed by that," said Walker.

The report says it's based on conversations with 20 percent of the police force. It states employees feel the department features a culture of sexual misconduct and sexual harassment, and that the discipline for that conduct is inconsistent or non-existent.
An example features an adulterous relationship between a supervisor and subordinate which leads to the supervisor getting pregnant, but no investigation or discipline takes place.

"I don't know about anything about those specific events. I don't know if the facts of that case are accurate. I heard another version of it and it could have been either changed or depicted in another way in this report," said Walker.

Walker said he's looked at the crime numbers and the personnel files of Henry County Police Chief Keith Nichols and other top brass and that makes it hard for him to believe the conclusions of the report.

"I'm finding a large number of inconsistencies that really make me question the validity of this particular report and the motivation behind it. That is why I have decided to conduct my own investigation," Walker said.

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