Officer Reassigned After Connection To CPD Scandal

7 years 10 months 4 days ago Wednesday, December 15 2010 Dec 15, 2010 Wednesday, December 15, 2010 10:46:30 PM CST December 15, 2010 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department announced today that Officer Jessie Haden is reassigned from information officer to the role of patrol officer.

Police Chief Ken Burton says this decision comes after a loss of confidence in Haden's ability to represent the department.

"It was a personnel matter, the decision was made, it's a level of confidence that I need to have in the abilities of the PIO's to represent us in the abilities of the PIO's to represent us in a certain fashion and I no longer had that confidence," Burton said.  

When asked about the reason for this loss in confidence, Chief Burton tied it to a recent scandal within the Columbia Police Department.

"It was related to the Tom Dresner affair that came out here a few weeks ago," Chief Burton said.

Burton said Haden wasn't happy with the matter, but said it was something he felt he needed to do.

"The simple reality is that every police officer within the department serves at the will of the police administration, and so this is an organizational decision that I thought needed to be made," Burton said.

Both Dresner and Haden received promotions for their former positions back in April of last year.

Burton says the department will start looking for Haden's replacement starting after the first of the year. For the mean time Officer Jill Wieneke will assume all responsibility as the information officer.

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