[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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  • by James Location: Crawfordville on Oct 4, 2010 at 07:42 PM
    I'm sure the only reason that he was let go is because he refused to go along with the crooked Politics.
  • by White Male Location: Tallahassee on Oct 4, 2010 at 06:56 PM
    Quincy PD....Be very aware of these comments that being placed on here!!!! It's very obvious who's placing these comments on here! If yall dont know, I will tell you....Them good ole white boys that yall work with everyday. The same ones that walk around and pick on black people cause they can. The same one's that walking around and smiling in your faces and cutting you down every chance they get. If they were so good "why wasn't they placed as Chief?" Notices who names they place on here! They put down the blacks but yet they gave all the whites praise!!! QPD black officers beware of who you working with!!! They are a bunch of snakes thats mad because they are not in control!!!!!
  • by DRAMA TIME111 Location: OMG on Oct 4, 2010 at 01:43 PM
    WOW,All of you complaints should apply for the chief job and see how well you can maintain the police force. this world is so envy and two-faced toward each other.He couldn't had been that bad they didn't recall him out. Get a clue and stop name calling. It's sad to read some of these comments about a person who have feeling, a family and loved ones.You all are considers as BULLIES....INTIMIDATING OTHERS FEELING..May God Bless the former Chief Richardson.
  • by Joe Hall Location: Currently Afghanistan/ Home Havana Gadsden County on Oct 3, 2010 at 11:52 AM
    CO.@cj - I agree hes been there through many different Chiefs and has a great relationship with his fellow officer and community.Not the mention he has worked his way up through the ranks and paid his dues,I think he would be a perfect candidate If anyone knows that department it would be him Good Call.
  • by Former CO. @ cj on Oct 3, 2010 at 09:07 AM
    Why not put Lt. E. Howell in as Chief? He was a great canine officer, has a military background and is currently a Lieutenant at Q.P.S., currently. He is an outstanding person.
  • by Former QPD officer Location: Atlanta on Oct 2, 2010 at 09:14 PM
    Look, I worked side by side with Ferman Richardson in 2002. Yes, he is a very nice guy and I always liked him. But let's be honest: Ferman was NEVER qualified to be in that position. He was always a mediocre officer. He was always lax as far as his duties. But then again, this IS Quincy and they've never cared about qualifications. They've never cared about doing what was right. Look at the Rodney Moore years! Moore was as biased as they come and played favorites with his boy (and us 2002 era officers know all too well just who that is - MD). And put McSwain back in? That's a joke! Ferman tried to clean up McSwain's mess. Looks to me like Quincy will never get it's act together. No wonder it's one of the poorest communities in south. Why not do something right for a change? What about good officers like Tony Porter for Chief? Sorry, but you jokers running the city never learn. You commissioners keep putting the one's in who can't do their job. You created your own mess years ago.
  • by Joe Hall Location: Currently Afghanistan/ Home Havana Gadsden County on Oct 1, 2010 at 11:51 AM
    Continuation- As I said I know many of these Officer and have worked with many of them who Don't want to leave the community because they enjoy their jobs and the people of Gadsden County. I would take any two officers from any department in Gadsden County and work circles around ten officers from larger Agencies. I fell that if Sheriff Young was given the support that he need by the County Commissioners he to could do more for the community it isn't like he hasn't asked for their help hes doing a fine job with what he is given. This will be my one and only post on this issue. Chief Richardson may God bless you and your family. Keep your head held high. To Sheriff Young and All the Chiefs and Law enforcement in Gadsden County I thank you and God Bless you for you dedicated service, that for the most part is unrecognized until something screws up then it makes the NEWS !!!!
  • by Joe Hall Location: Currently Afghanistan/ Home Havana Gadsden County on Oct 1, 2010 at 11:37 AM
    To all that have commented on this issue I would like to clarify that this is not about me at all, If it is in my future to seek the position of sheriff so be it, but this is not the forum to discuss it.I personnel know Chief Richardson and consider him a friend, I feel for him and his family and wish him the best. I still feel that there is more to the story than the citizens of Quincy and Gadsden County realize. If want to know the real truths start questioning your City Counsel Members and County Commissioners they are the ones that are supposed to support your Chiefs and Sheriff with insuring that you have a safe environment to live in. The isn't easy for a Chief or Sheriff to do their jobs with out the assistance of the community that they serve. So People of Gadsden County I urge you to GET INVOLVED IN "YOUR" communities. As for those that feel that the Law enforcement Officers in Gadsden County are there because they cant leave, I Know and have worked with many of them.
  • by Former C.O. @ GCSO Jail on Oct 1, 2010 at 11:04 AM
    I'd certainly vote Joe Hall. I worked for him and Captain Baker under the W.A.Woodham administration. Good guy.
  • by Time for a REAL Change Location: Quincy on Oct 1, 2010 at 07:39 AM
    Joe Hall has my vote for sure
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