Monday, May 8, 2017

Is the Reserve Officer Program a 'Pay To Play' Scheme?

The recent Brian Wormy Hodge case, and newbie Sheriff Jones' handling of the Monroe County Sheriff reserve officer program is in the spotlight.

There are times when the reserve officer program serves a good purpose: like when a retired police officer goes out in the community and checks on elderly residents.

Don Charest
Other times, a reserve officer badge appears to be nothing more than a quid-pro-quo/political payback tool, in point: Don Charest, former crony of the disgraced Tellico Plains chief of Police, Bill Isbell.

After being "booted out" of the Tellico Plains Police Dept. along with Isbell in 2010, no other police agency would consider Charest "reserve officer worthy." The 2013 TPPD Chief of Police Jeb Brown, who is and has been in the top echelon of the current MCSD administration serving as Chief Jailer--refused to have anything to do with former Isbell cronies. (Charest was unable to "charm" Jeb Brown into any sort of association.)

No new reserve officer badge, until Charest was able to "worm his way" into current Sheriff, Tommy "Whitey" Jones... Update 2018--Jones fired Jeb Brown along with many others, a few months before the election season was set to begin.

In the guns & badges video, filmed in the spring of 2016--WVLT's Lauren Davis asks Ray Kough, a partner in a Madisonville TN gun store co-owned by Don Charest if it's the first time they have received guns from the Monroe County Sheriff. Guns from unsolved homicides are supposed to be kept in storage... considering that there is no statute of limitations on murder cases, then, yes there may have been some guns that should have remained in the custody of the sheriff's dept.