Mayor Fires Police Chief After Councilman Arrested So All Officers Quit

Lumpkin Mayor Jimm Babb fired Police Chief John Tyler one week after deputies arrested Councilman Darryl Wilson.

Lumpkin, GA – The mayor of Lumpkin fired the police chief on Monday, just a week after sheriff’s deputies arrested a city councilman, during a city council meeting, for impersonating a police officer (video below).

Authorities said that Lumpkin City Councilman Darryl Wilson allegedly claimed to be a Dawson police officer during a recent traffic stop in Chattahoochee County, WRBL reported.

A Chattahoochee sheriff’s deputy said that when he stopped Wilson for a traffic violation, the councilman claimed to be a member of the Dawson Police Department and produced a badge to prove it.

Investigators determined that Wilson had not been a Dawson police officer since 2009, WTVM reported.

A felony arrest warrant was issued for Wilson, but initially, deputies had no luck locating him.

Then someone tipped them off that Wilson would be at the city council meeting on Feb. 25, WTVM reported.

Video of the arrest at the meeting showed that Wilson complied with deputies’ orders while he was taken into custody.

The other members of the Lumpkin city council looked on in disbelief as two deputies led a handcuffed Wilson out of the meeting room, the video showed.

Wilson was transported to the Muscogee County Jail for processing on the felony arrest warrant, WTVM reported.

He was charged with impersonating a peace officer.

Exactly one week later, at 7 p.m. on March 4, Lumpkin Mayor Jimmy Babb suddenly fired Lumpkin Police Chief John Tyler, WRBL reported.

The tiny town of Lumpkin only has four full-time police officers.

All of them resigned from the force in response to Chief Tyler’s firing, WRBL reported.

The police chief said he was given no reason for his termination.

He told WRBL that the mayor just walked into his office and told him to turn in his “belongings and leave your keys.”

After a brief panic by residents in the Lumpkin community, the Stewart County Sheriff’s Office stepped up to temporarily fill the gap left by the loss of entire police department in one day.

Stewart County Sheriff Larry Jones told WRBL that he would send on-duty deputies to patrol for the dayshift, and use off-duty deputies to cover the night shift.

The sheriff said he would be rotating the deputies around.

Comments (34)
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Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

that's a felony, Hope they file and don't weasel out under political Pressure.

NickyJ
NickyJ

What a idiot. Which no surprise. I sure hope jail house justice is waiting for him this sorry ass.

C. Ray
C. Ray

Good old small town politics. The chief should own that city.

Michael Bryant
Michael Bryant

4 full time officers.... Sounds like they don't need a mayor or city council. Just take down the sign of entering and leaving s_ _ t hole Hold spot.

CelticTiger
CelticTiger

another example of politicians thinking they are above the law...the mayor should not be able to fire anyone on the police department without being able to prove cause. If I lived in that city I'd start a recall of the whole city council..they are bad for the community...

GSDLUVVA1
GSDLUVVA1

that's the "good ole boy" system at work for ya!! still alive and well in Muskogee co...what a f'n shame!!

hana1216hana
hana1216hana

It's sad these days, council members and mayors think they have more power than they should. This is getting so disgraceful. If u lie and say ur a cop and ur not!!!!!!you should be arrested!!!!!!!!!!! PERIOD!!!!!!!!!!!!

LynnSB
LynnSB

EXACTLY what ALL Officers should do !!! Need to stand as one or Fall individually !!

reverett456117502
reverett456117502

Some "Mayors" believe they were sent by the Almighty, to safeguard the system and become nothing more than egotistical, power-hungry politicians, who normally are there longer than they should be. Good Job Chief, he should have been arrested and kudos to the officers who are TRUE BLUE!

RIDGERUNNER
RIDGERUNNER

City Mayors seem to be notorious for firing Police Chiefs. It sure seems to me that these worthless Mayors are the main cause of problems within police depts.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

"Lumpkin Mayor Jimm Babb fired Police Chief John Tyler one week after deputies arrested Councilman Darryl Wilson."

Please show photos of Jimm Babb and Darryl Wilson. I am suspecting racial bias as well here. IE Mayor protecting Councilman.

bob95648
bob95648

The fact that this councilman was a police officer until 2009, shows that he knew or should have known it was a felony to impersonate a law enforcement officer.

Farmhome
Farmhome

Before you condemn someone, read the City Charter to see who does the firing, i.e. Police Chief. In Lumpkin it is all the council members vote on this deciding matter. Contact City Hall and see which council members voted for the motion. The yes votes and a abstain votes were to fire. The Mayor only has a vote to break a tie.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

Sounds like the mayor is pandering to the black councilman!! Pathetic!!! The councilman thought he was above the law and committed a felony by impersonating a police officer. Now someone needs to fire that Mayor and that councilman!!! And get back their police force!!

Sandman4x4
Sandman4x4

seems to me the Chief along with the rest of The Police Dept. in full uniform needs to show up to Town Hal, demanding to face those who legally voted for the Chief's removal! Then together, they need to take an honest review and see if the same action can indeed be legally accomplished and enforced. Then if not get to the bottom of such a travesty!

SDLucas
SDLucas

This is just the tip of the iceburg of troubles in this town.

61mouse
61mouse

Where's the video

militans Deo
militans Deo

UMM, did anyone tell the mayor that the Sheriff is a totally separate elected office? Why is he firing the Chief of Police? This makes absolutely zero sense and that is taking into account all the idiocy of small town politics. Is the Chief a friend of the Sheriff and this is their way to try and get back at the Sheriff? Now that the PD is non-existent, guess who takes over law enforcment for it. Looks like there is a not new Sheriff in town, I guess.

FM1
FM1

Mayor can not terminate a department head because a mayor only has a single vote in the voting process by all council members.this mayor has gravely overstepped his legal boundaries and is in danger of dragging this city into a major law sute.jgb

Caroparks53
Caroparks53

Bet this is a lberal bunch..

Raidergsmith
Raidergsmith

Do why is the Sheriff providing coverage when the officers are doing something positive. The coverage defeats the purpose/message.

Bilger11
Bilger11

Sheriff deputies need to step up too. Time for a blue line in the sand.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

The entire department is 4 officers.... does it really need to have it's own police department? BTW, the mayor was wrong, and the Sheriff should be providing coverage for this tiny town.

Woobie46
Woobie46

Civil Suits Matter...sue each and every one of the players down to the ground. It works.

Vexx
Vexx

Why is the journalist assuming these two events are connected? Correct me if I am off base here - It seems the implication is that the Mayor fired the police chief in retaliation for the councilman’s arrest. Whether the Mayor and councilman are pals, or the councilman compelled the mayor to do so somehow, that’s incredibly illegal.

These are adults, elected officials that (spoiler alert) YOU elected. Is this how YOU conduct yourself professionally? Or do you follow a code of professional ethics that preclude your own personal associations or biases? These people, one hopes, who’ve spent their lives building their careers as politicians wouldn’t BOTH risk their reputations just to be vindictive. The councilman is obviously a mendacious liar who won’t even take responsibility for a petty traffic ticket - I mean just pay the ticket! But also the Mayor and everyone in his employ? AND in addition to being corrupt he is also so obtuse as to exact his revenge in such an obvious way? Unlikely.

Also, why would they attack the chief with such ire? It was a Chattahoochie arrest warrant, the Lumpkin city officers completed the arrest only because the council meeting took place in their jurisdiction. What, the Mayor expected the chief NOT to cooperate with another local law enforcement agency? P sure that would be obstructing justice - is that something that you’re saying the Mayor has come to expect from local law enforcement? Or that the Mayor, a man in a higher level position of legislative power, doesn’t know how the law works?

Either way, if what’s implied by the association of these 2 stories (the councilman’s arrest, the police Chief being fired) is true, it signals a disturbing level of corruption across all levels of local government & the law enforcement/legal system. As in, national news level - hint. State if not Federal investigation.

If anyone has credible evidence these two events are related please reach out to journalists - NOT local, go bigger - the GBI, the State Gov Office, the SPLC, watchdog groups with strong digital presence. Or, me - if you are worried about anonymity or just don’t have the time and energy or are afraid of blowback. I’m local enough to follow up on any information and shrewd enough to make a (well publicized) scene if I have to.