[UPDATE] Quincy City Manager Hunts for New Police Chief

By: Eyewitness News Email
By: Eyewitness News Email

UPDATE 10-5 9:20AM

The Quincy City Manager is on the hunt for a new police chief to watch over the city.

For now, Geral McSwain will be the interim chief.

Former chief --- Ferman Richardson --- was fired last week following an evaluation. The city manager says they will not comment on what they call a personnel issue.

Richardson says some of the issues the city cited were investigations taking too long and that personnel lacked training. Richardson worked for the city for two years and as the Police Chief for 20 years.

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UPDATE By Deneige Broom 9-29 at: 7:45 PM

There's still no word yet on who will replace former Quincy Police Chief Ferman Richardson.

Richardson worked for the City of Quincy for more than 20 years with 12 of them being served consecutively before being "released of his duties" as of Monday.

The City Manager declined an interview on Wednesday.

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UPDATE By La'Tasha Givens 9-28 at: 10:00 PM

There's an unexpected shake up in the Quincy Police Department as the chief and the department part ways.

Ferman Richardson served as police chief for the past two years.

He told WCTV after an evaluation on Monday, 9/28 he was given the option to resign or be fired, so he resigned.

Quincy City Manager Jack McLean confirms that Ferman Richardson was “released from his duties.”

Richardson says some of the reasons listed in the report included taking too long on investigations and not providing enough officer training. Richardson refutes those concerns and says city leaders are going in a different direction.

"The department is better off now than when I got here. I just think all is well, and that it was just his (Jack Mclean, city manager) decision," says, Richardson.

Richardson also announced he plans to run for Gadsden County Sheriff in 2012. The former chief, Gerald McSwain, who retired two years ago, is serving as interim chief.

*** UPDATE 9-28-2010 4:46PM ***

Quincy officials have let their police chief go.

There is no word yet on why Police Chief Ferman Richardson was terminated.

But city officials say they will release more details at tonight's commission meeting which begins at 6p.m.

Former Police Chief Gerald McSwain, who retired two years ago, is serving as interim chief.

We'll have more information tonight on Eyewitness News at 11.

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Gadsden County, FL -

Quincy City Manager has confirmed to WCTV that Quincy Police Chief Ferman Richardson has resigned.

The circumstances behind his resigning are still unclear but Eyewitness News is trying to gather as much information as possible and will make it available as soon as possible.


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