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Ludowici council to investigate police chief

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City council members decided they will investigate the harassment charges against their police chief.

The council placed Chief James Rogers on administrative leave last week after accusations of sexual harrassment and other unethical behavior surfaced and complaints were filed.

A committee of three council members will interview witnesses and accusers to determine whether or not to terminate or reinstate Rogers.

Complaints began to surface after former police officer Robert Kicklighter left the department Dec. 20. Kicklighter asserts he was fired while City leaders contend he resigned.

Kicklighter told WTOC he was hired by Ludowici Police in October to help revamp the department and bring it up to state standards. Kicklighter said he witnessed Chief Rogers make numerous innappropriate comments regarding police employees and jail inmates.

He also claimed several co-workers confided in him of other problems, including sexual harassment. 

In December, Kicklighter took his issues to Mayor James Fuller and Chief Rogers confronted him shortly thereafter and told him he was terminated.

Since then, Kicklighter has filed four complaints against Rogers in Long County court. In addition, he's filed a workplace complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Council. Several other employees, past and present, have filed complaints as well.

Ludowici City Council also voted to grant Kicklighter an employement hearing on Feb. 13 at 9 a.m. at City Hall.

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