Roswell Police Chief Dwayne Orrick on Administrative Leave, Resignation Pending

The city will not discuss the reason behind Orrick's departure.

Nearly three months shy of his two year anniversary with the city, Roswell Police Chief Dwayne Orrick is no longer with the Roswell Police Department, according to city officials.

Orrick was put on administrative leave with pay, pending his resignation on Wednesday, Oct. 31, Roswell Spokeswoman Julie Brechbill told Roswell Patch Thursday morning.

"The city does not discuss personnel issues with the media," she wrote in an e-mail.

Orrick has previously served as the public safety director and the police chief for the city of Cordele in south central Georgia.

Roswell Patch has reached out to Orrick for a comment. Will update this story when he returns the call.

Michele November 04, 2012 at 03:05 AM
I have known Dwayne Orrick for close to 20 years & worked for him several years. He is a genuinly a good person & an even better police chief. He made a number of improvements in the Cordele Police Department. I read where someone referred to him as a country bumpkin, he is far from that. It sounds like he may have stepped on someone's toes. Maybe the citizens of Roswell need to do some house cleaning and vote everyone they can out of office.
Justice for all November 04, 2012 at 05:23 AM
Hey Michele you must be related to Orrick because you'll be hard pressed to find others that share your opinion. Orrick was lost from day one and was propped up, backed up and covered up by Kay love. His incompetents was only matched by his lack of self confidence which he mask with back room politics. were people who voiced a difference of opinion were targeted for career suicide. You want to really know what went on at the RPD and Orricks cronies who carried out his revenge, hidden agendas and morale killing policies then just ask the people who work there and use to work there but be prepared for your head to spin off your shoulder when the truth is spoken ...This isn't for the squeamish. Lifes and careers were ruined and laws possibly broken....Stay tuned,there's more to surface from this story..
Michele November 04, 2012 at 11:26 AM
No I'm definitely not related to him. I can only speak on what I know from knowing & working for him prior to Roswell. If it's been that bad there then Roswell citizens need to clean house beginning with the city government.
lee Turner November 04, 2012 at 12:52 PM
Like I said earlier - the endless personnel problems start at the TOP. That means the incompetent Kay Love and all the giddy-with-power council people who seek public office for the (relatively) petty power and the chance to get their ugly mugs in the paper when they attend various functions (celebrity wannabes). There aren't any real THINKERS among them (including Love) and even though they take an oath of office to uphold the US Constitution, I doubt that any of them have ever read that document. Insecure people make dangerous politicians. Roswell should've cleaned house a long time ago. JUSTICE FOR ALL is right - if you talk to former employees (not just PD), you'll be flabbergasted at the stories you'll hear about back-stabbing, framing employees, targeting employees because of personal dislike or because an employee filed a legitimate complaint against a supervisor, etc. etc. etc. Roswell has a small group of "managers" who make the job their identity because such people are empty inside. They need to get a life. But now that the dirt is being exposed, why not vote all these losers out of office and fire Kay Love? Then start firing some of the top managers who are a big part of the problem. BTW, Lee Fleck, who was the finance dept manager who got fired and why ?
jmida November 04, 2012 at 01:19 PM
Mr. Orleans is only interested in the police giving traffic tickets so the city can get revenue.
Lee Fleck November 04, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Mr. Turner, As for your question "who was the finance dept manager who got fired and why" I must note that Kay Love publically accepted all responsibility for the financial irregularities when I questioned City Council about all that I exposed in my blog: http://roswell.patch.com/blog_posts/auditors-say-roswell-financial-report-is-in-violation-of-state-policies
Justice for all November 04, 2012 at 01:55 PM
The city of Roswell creates an illusion of fairness and most of its employees are young, happy to have a job, and are basically sheep who follow and see what the uppers want them to see...It's the same with the general public they go to work, and go home to there families an see the illusions city government wants them to see...Theses guys can NOT continue to investigate themselves! ! There needs to be a independent review board made up of citizens and lower ranking employes with real investigative power. The employees need representation when they have an issue or come forward as a whisle blower not have things swept under the carpet then labled as trouble and targeted for career assignation ...The head of HR answers to Kay Love and nothing happens without her approval so employ complaints go no where aginst superiors. Until citizens unite and flood counsel meetings, email, and call city hall demanding answers nothing will change...Only two things their scared of and that's the news media and its citizens demanding answers ....Remember, Kay Love personally hired Orrick, the head of finance(past) and head of IT department and all three where in shambles before thet acted to remove them...Head(female) of IT may still be there... Don't get me wrong Roswell has some great employees but unfortunately they aren't in charge...
Jake Lilley November 04, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Thomas Shelton and I have REPEATEDLY approached Roswell city council and formally requested that citizens be added to the Police Conduct review board. Each time, the mayor and council have responded by saying, "the process is working just fine." Mayor Wood even went so far as to publicly ridicule the idea by saying, "We have several Roswell citizens on the police conduct review board. They all happen to be police officers!" Are you kidding? I'm going to write more on this issue. Thomas and I have publicly lobbied City Council and I have formally testified before the police commission on this issue. Each time we get the same response: 'Nothing to see here folks. Everything is working just fine.'
Justice for all November 04, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Mr Fleck, What you dont know is that it took Kay Love 3 years to remove the head of finance and that was because it was in such shambles she couldnt look the other way any longer without jeopardizing her own job...City hall employees state it was obvious to all that 3 weeks after Love hired the head of finance she was over her head And the whole department went down hill fast from that point forward...Love has difficulty owning up to bad decisions and cutting her losses and we all suffer for it..
Tango Mike Mike November 04, 2012 at 03:12 PM
I take exception to your statement, Justice, that anyone at the city is afraid of the media. Certainly, they're not afraid of the printed page, since they too, are bought and paid for with your tax dollars.
Justice for all November 04, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Tango mike, mr. Fleck may take exception to your comment, but Im sure he will school you on that statement....
Tango Mike Mike November 04, 2012 at 07:32 PM
School me on what Justice? The point is that the local papers wouldn't dare make a negative comment about the city council or city employees. There's too much money at stake for them (your money) and there's relatively recent history to show what happens when a paper just tells the truth, let alone criticizes.
Thomas Wayne Shelton November 04, 2012 at 07:37 PM
I for one would love to see any of the local papers actually do some reporting. Has anyone seen any thoughtful review of the upcoming bond or the recent water plant vote? Does anyone expect to read here what actually happened regarding the police chief? Could be I've missed it, but I'm not hopeful.
Thomas Wayne Shelton November 04, 2012 at 07:40 PM
I should point out I'm not attacking the Patch or the other papers ... It's our responsibility as a community to make sure our local papers have the resources to do this type of reporting. And they are very much underfunded right now.
lee Turner November 04, 2012 at 09:25 PM
If you want a reporter who gets to the bottom of things, call on Mike Petchenik of Channel 2 Action News. The city council really fears this guy because Mike realizes that Roswell is proving to be very fertile ground for stories about corrupt government. I would encourage any current or former Roswell employees to contact Petchenik if you have a good story. His email address is northfultonwsb@gmail.com.
Amos Moses November 09, 2012 at 02:47 AM
You guys have no clue what you're talking about! Chief Orrick was cleaning house inside the department and he is overly qualified to run the department. Way more that the last dim whit they had as Chief. Since Orrick has been in office he's gotten rid of a Capt. and LT. who treated the Officers poorly, another LT who screwed up everything he touched, a SGT who's only goal was to stab all his coworkers in the back, and a few Officers. You wonder why the Officers were so aggressive and hostile? It's because they were being led by Supervisors who treated them and everyone else this way. Orrick was in the process of fixing the "problems" starting at the top. This may be what led to his forced resignation. I'll bet you everything I own that if you interview all the Officers at the Police Department, 80-90% want Orrick back on the job. Mr. Fleck, I know you're usually on top of things happening within the City Gov., why don't you look into that and prove me right. Everything I own!
Inquiring Mind November 09, 2012 at 02:10 PM
He was there nearly two years, yet resigned 30 days after a new Deputy Chief was hired. His resignation letter didn't acknowledge the Mayor at all.
Inquiring Mind November 09, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Orrick was there nearly two years and got decent evaluations. Thirty days after the new Deputy Chief is hired, Orrick is gone. Somewhere in those 30 days lies the answers. A resignation with only a days' notice suggests a much bigger story will come out, and he bailed before they could fire him.
Justice for All November 10, 2012 at 01:52 AM
Amos, what you saw was smoke and mirrors...Orrick counldnt find his rear with a road map & a flash light...I hate to break the news to ya but you saw what they wanted you to see...Orrick wasnt the man behind any of those changes but took the credit ....
Cordele Officer November 10, 2012 at 03:43 PM
All birds usually come to roost and Orrick only got what he has dished out to others in the past. The comments above come from individuals I'm sure mean well but some do not know Orrick prior to his arrival in Roswell. In The AJC he blasted officers from Cordele he accused of committing criminal acts but he neither conducted, initiated or ordered an investigation but yet he stayed there 16 years which was 15 1/2 too many. Before you judge your elected officials you should do a little background on the subject. At least Roswell was smarter than Cordele.
Justice for All November 10, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Cordele officer couldn't have sumed it any better...Only thing I would add is Roswell appointed officials did everything they could do to cover up his actions and abuse of power....If they hadn't been forced he'd still be in Roswell...
Lewis Cazenave November 15, 2012 at 06:55 AM
I have known Chief Dwayne Orrick for more than 25 years and know him to be one of best educated (Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from the University of Georgia), experienced and respected chiefs in our nation. Before Chief Orrick, Chief Ed Williams served as chief of Roswell for about 16 years. Before Chief Williams, it was Chief King. All three were outstanding chiefs. Highly respected chiefs with tremendous integrity. The average employment for a police chief in Georgia is about two and one-half years. The citizens of Roswell lost an outstanding chief. Lewis Cazenave
Paddles Webb November 21, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Lee, He may not have been chief during the harassment but was certainly the chief during the eviction!! I wrote to this chief and received a terse, flip reply. There would certainly be some level of justice, small as it is, for Andy. Good riddance to bad rubbish!!
Former Employee of City of Roswell GA December 06, 2012 at 09:09 PM
I'm glad someone is seeing through the smoke and mirrors.
Former Employee of City of Roswell GA December 06, 2012 at 09:25 PM
She also handpicked her former Deputy of Finance....where is he now??? How long was he there??? Why did he get FIRED, oops! I mean why was he asked to resign. Go figure!!!
Dan December 06, 2012 at 09:28 PM
Thanks for the additional insight to what most understand to be a nasty, political place to work, Mr Former Employee. It's always good to get an insider's opinion on such things.
Former Employee of City of Roswell GA December 06, 2012 at 09:29 PM
Yes she was FIRED, not asked to resign she had no choice, just like Orrick and just like the last Deputy of Finance was given a choice to resign OR get fired. That's how Kay gets away without tarnishing her reputation-she gives you an ultimatum and it's always the same...resign with some bait attached to it or get fired. Either way YOU ARE FIRED!
Former Employee of City of Roswell GA December 06, 2012 at 09:52 PM
The Mr. Orleans that I know has no such ego whatsoever (Wow!) Shocking statement about Mr. Orleans. Maybe you had 1 run in with him but he's not that kind of man. Jere Woods has done fairly well as Mayor of Roswell we cannot all agree on every single matter, but overall he's done well. Though he certainly needs to have a strong back to deal those vultures like Kay Love & some Council members who desire and envy the power his position holds and will do ANYTHING to have it.
Christine Foster December 06, 2012 at 10:11 PM
Former Employee of City of Roswell GA, thanks for your addition to the conversation. However, many of your recent comments have been deleted due to a violation of our terms of service. Please feel free to re-post without personally attacking anyone.
Dan December 06, 2012 at 11:06 PM
Hmm... Said too much, Mr FE? I notice at least four of your posts have been deleted.


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