As I read the story of Chief Parsons in the CTFP I thought back to 1980 when I first met Jim Hammond. He was chief under H.Q. Evatt. I met him at a prayer breakfast at Sambo's on Brainerd Road. I had been a police officer in Chattanooga in the 1960's. Jim struck me as a good leader with strong character and standards. Over the years I always believed he would make a good sheriff for this county. I have supported him each time he has run for office and recommended him to my friends.
Over the past few years he has been in office Jim has gradually changed. When he was chief under H.Q. he spoke for the department and not a "spokesman." What troubles me about the story of Chief Parsons is that he has been let slide several times. In this story is seems he was accused of having committed six offenses plus lying. Bad enough for an underling but a chief?
As I remember other instances in the Sheriffs Department there seems to have been a gradual change as now it maybe okay to harass employees and be untruthful if you are a captain or below.
The man I met years ago may have changed over the years to being just another politician. Today everyone wants transparency but no one is willing to step up to the plate. Just one question: What does it take to get fired from a political job?
N.D. Kennedy Sr.