Richmond County BOE calls for "re-do" of officer promotions

News 12 at 11 / Friday, October 25, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- A five page grievance details the complaints of a Richmond County Board of Education officer.

Sgt. Adrienne Burns applied for a promotion and didn't get it. Her main complaint -- Chief Alfonzo Williams altered the test scores of several of the candidates who also applied.

Now, the test itself is in question.

"The main complaint was that the process was not, the procedure was not followed according to the standard operating procedure manual for Public Safety," Deputy Superintendent Tim Spivey explained.

According to BOE policy, a written test should never have been given in the first place.

"Once we realized the written test was not supposed to be given, we knew it was a legitimate grievance, so at that point, I was pretty sure we were going to re-do the process," Spivey admitted.

But Burns says the test isn't her main complaint. It was finding a copy of that test in the visor of a patrol car belonging to one of the people recommended for the promotion.

"There was no cheating that we know of. I'm not convinced there was any cheating . One of the officers did have a copy of the test, but it was given to him after the fact," Spivey said.

In Spivey's official recommendation it says "While there was no impropriety, the appearance of impropriety further tainted the process." Also in that recommendation, Spivey suggested a complete "re-do" of the whole process, without the written test and handled by Human Resources instead of Chief Alfonzo Williams.

"We've done all the interviews, and we are ready to present the names to the board at the next committee meeting," Spivey said.

Burns says she did re-apply for the position a second time but just learned she did not get the promotion. She says she's still deciding what to do next.

Meanwhile, the board says this time all policies were followed and those officers up for promotion will be presented to board members next month.

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