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Updated: Roswell police chief resigns
by Joan Durbin
November 01, 2012 11:42 AM | 11044 views | 2 2 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A copy of Roswell Police Chief Dwayne Orrick's resignation letter.
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Updated November 5, 10:45 a.m:

Orrick’s letter of resignation, dated Nov. 1, confirmed his last day in the department was Friday.

The text of the letter contains no reason for his resignation. Instead, it thanks the mayor and council for the opportunity to serve as the city’s chief.

“I have enjoyed my relationships with the city’s elected and appointed officials and, most particularly, my relationships with the fine men and women law enforcement professionals of the Roswell Police Department,” Orrick wrote.

“I leave them confident in the knowledge that I always have endeavored to make significant contributions to their professional development. I am hopeful that they will continue to maintain high levels of integrity and professionalism and that my successor will build on the foundations that we have set during my tenure as chief. Our department members have made many great accomplishments in a short period of time.”

Original Story:

Roswell Police Chief Dwayne Orrick is resigning from the post he has held less than two years.

Mayor Jere Wood said he learned of the resignation on Tuesday afternoon but had no other information to offer.

“We do not discuss personnel issues,” he said.

City Communications Manager Julie Brechbill reiterated that stance. “Chief Orrick is on administrative leave with pay pending his resignation, but that’s all I can tell you,” she said.

A review of Orrick’s personnel file does not indicate that his supervisor, City Administrator Kay Love, had any significant problems with the chief’s job performance. There are no written warnings or disciplinary issues contained in the personnel file.

Across the board, in all of his employee evaluations since being hired in February 2011, Orrick was rated as “meeting expectations” in all of the key categories. Only once, in the June 2012 evaluation, did he get rated as exceeding expectations, and that was for his initiative.

“Chief Orrick has initiated many positive changes in the last 16 months,” Love wrote. “His focus has been on the organizational structure, leadership development, strategic planning. Building relationships with outside agencies, training, personnel issues and getting the right people assigned to the right job.”

In the goals and improvements section for the upcoming year. Love wrote that Orrick has done “an excellent job” of assessing the department’s strengths and identifying areas for improvements.

“I have received positive feedback from staff members and department heads regarding his professionalism and cooperation. His collaborative approach to change management is gaining positive momentum and improving morale.

“However, there have been some challenges in effectively communicating the changes through all levels of the police department to ensure there is a clear understanding of expectations, roles and responsibilities.”

Love added that Orrick developed a communications plan in March but that “he tends to rush things; therefore, he should focus on taking a measured approach to future change to ensure adequate time to communicate, assess and measure the effectiveness.”

Orrick has been unavailable for comment. His last day with the city is expected to be today.

The city’s new deputy chief, James Russell “Rusty” Grant, will be acting chief, Brechbill said. He began as second in command on Oct. 1.

The mayor said he had no concerns about the transition of power,

“I’m confident we recently hired an assistant police chief who’s competent and we also have a very competent command staff,” Wood said.

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