Jonesboro’s Dress Code

Was Brad Johnson's firing justified?

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Although former Jonesboro Chief of Police Brad Johnson was recently dimissed for wearing jeans to work, he believes this situation is the result of “politics, and not performance,” according to the Clayton News-Daily.

Johnson, who served as police chief since January 2009, was initially suspended five days without pay for insubordination. Mayor Luther Maddox admits that he never ordered Johnson “not” to wear jeans, but advised via memo that the attire was unprofessional. The Jonesboro City Council subsequently cut that suspension to 2½ days.

Although Johnson wore his uniform from that point forward, according to the AJC Section 6 of the dress code states: “When necessary, the Chief may prescribe other types of clothing to be worn.” Eventually, the Mayor fired Johnson for not successfully completing his probationary period.

While I don’t live in Jonesboro, I know residents who do. None of the people I asked had a negative word to say about Johnson. Unfortunately until this incident, some of them had no idea who their police chief was. But all agreed that wearing jeans to work wasn’t an acceptable reason for termination if he was doing his job.

“I feel safe in my neighborhood,” says Reeta Jackson of Jonesboro. “I don’t care what he wears, as long as I’m safe.” That sentiment was echoed from those I spoke with who reside in and around Jonesboro.

Johnson plans to appeal the mayor’s decision, believing he had no right to fire him. The Jonesboro City Council will address this matter at the June 8 meeting.

What do you care about most – the attire your chief of police wears, or his job performance? Should the City Council uphold the Mayor’s decision to fire Brad Johnson?

20 comments Add your comment

Annie Duke fan

May 26th, 2009
9:06 am

I don’t live in Jonesboro either but the whole thing is ridiculous. This is Clayton’s problem in a nutshell, people get elected and think they’re God now and can do whatever they want whenever they want and spend more time on personal vendettas than doing what’s right by the voters.


May 26th, 2009
9:15 am

Jonesboro mayors and police chiefs have a long history of fueds. Until Jonesboro hires someone more professional for both jobs nothing will ever change.

The real reason

May 26th, 2009
11:09 am

An clear cut example of a spineless mayor, acting like the spineless BOE, and pretending uniforms are the issue.

Anytime someone talks about uniforms, it’s unusally to avoid the real issue. Just like when the BOE talks about uniforms, it’s to fool a gullible public that they are actually addressing discipline, when the research-the same research they so often like to quote when bringing in expensive programs that benefit cronies-has shown it doesn’t make a difference. Hint. If you want to restore discipline, you restore the teacher’s authority to maintain it. But that doesn’t require a student to have a uniform; it requires the BOE to have a backbone.

In this case, uniforms are mentioned because the mayor simply doesn’t like the guy, and is hoping a gullible public will fall for it.


May 26th, 2009
12:58 pm

Looks like the Trotter followers are trying to stake out new territory – Jonesboro city affairs.

The Mayor looks childish in this exchange. Is he really well enough to handle the job as Mayor?


May 26th, 2009
1:45 pm

School issues have absolutely nothing to do with the Mayor’s egomanical ways but nice try on the uniform connection.


May 26th, 2009
4:12 pm

As a resident of Jonesboro I can honestly say that every time I have seen the Jonesboro Police Department they were acting in a courteous and professional manner.l I can also state that the same can not be said for the mayor.


May 26th, 2009
4:47 pm

I guess ex-mayor Day is just sitting back laughing. Everyone wanted her out and for those of you who voted Maddox in, can’t complain now. If the police chief wants to wear his underwear on the outside of his uniform I could care less, if it affected his job that would be another issue. I think everyone needs to back up a step, take a deep breath and take care of thier own problems without trying to fix what you can’t. Go Chief Johnson let’s see them briefs!

Tooth Fairy

May 26th, 2009
10:46 pm

This Clown, police chief should have led by example. What if all Jonesboro police would have worn dungaree everyday! No professionalism! This Clown is an idiot, did you see him speak on TV, he should have gotten his teeth fixed while he a job with benefits. Now he’s snaggle-tooth and unemployed!


May 27th, 2009
9:58 am

Tooth Fairy name calling is so childish, what do his teeth have to do with his job anyway? Geez!

What you deserve

May 29th, 2009
6:04 pm

You were told months before it happened that students would graduate this year with an accredited diploma.

You were told that uniforms in the schools were put forth as a distraction from the main issue, lack of support for discipline.

In the exact same way, the uniform issue has been used as a distraction by the mayor, for those who can’t see how the two are similar.

Speaking of those who can’t see, you have been told, before he was hired, that being gung ho over Semper Fi is not a substitute for addressing discipline in the CCPS.

You have been told that neither the BOE, or their new lackey will address discipline in a real and meaningful way that will have a direct and tangible effect on the classroom.

The reason they will be allowed to not address this is you haven’t bothered to ask either the new superintendent nor the BOE to address this in a way that will hold them accountable for doing so.

Thus, most likely, once again, you will pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for the leader you fully and richly deserve.

Speak up and speak out for the students

May 30th, 2009
8:05 am

Hey What you deserve, what we do not deserve is the likes of you with your toxic dribble. We have a fresh start and that is what matters now. How dare you refer to this man as a lackey. You are the lackey in this case.
Now back to the subject of the blog…Wonder what you fine folks would say if Turner, Porter or Kimbrough walked around out of uniform in dungarees? But this is the county of double standards. One standard for whites and another for blacks.

Are you frickin kidding me?

May 30th, 2009
8:20 am

No you did not just make this issue about race when the chief AND the mayor in this case are both white men! Lord please help me to hit lotto so I can get out of this backwater, backwards state!

Catastrophic Error

May 30th, 2009
2:39 pm

In the vent said Clayton home values dropped 43% last year. Isn’t that enough motivation for you to vote in competent school officials?! Good schools go hand-in-hand with home values. I say, on the contrary Clayton’s delegation and rich residents took accreditation and destroyed the county. With only one agenda! To destroy the Former Final Four; resulting in a fatal political power move that cost the Lil black children well over 44 million dollars. This was a catastrophic error in hindsight! 48,000 kid, less than 400 whites kids! Facts are Facts! Now, they got Heatley trying to roundup the stray children to get more money!


May 30th, 2009
5:15 pm

Has any one asked the mayor about the $14,000 check he wrote but was not authorized too? Wearing jeans is no freakin’ big deal. Johnson was on the way to cleaning up the city……..

Toxic shock syndrome

May 31st, 2009
2:58 am

Toxic dribble? Is that something you do with a basketball on a court covered with nuclear waste?

Or is that yet another example of the basic lack of vocabulary and education that drives the toxic drivel of those who think that meaningless catchphrases like Speak Up and Speak Out for Students is a substitute for critical thinking?


June 1st, 2009
2:35 pm

I have seen both Chief Turner and Sheriff Kimbrough in blue jeans, Off the job. These two men are professionals and act, dress that way for their profession. Too bad the Jonesboro chief did not have the same attitude.

TO catastrophic == you must be another in the long line of FFT (fools following Trotter). Those four you mentioned were too proud to admit they were wrong and our children paid for it. Those four along with Noreese (MACE CEO) took the accreditation from our kids.


June 1st, 2009
10:25 pm

To BB: BB must stand for “Bloated Belly” and small mind! Everyone knows the $25 million in federal stimulus money “Over the next” Two Years”, U.S. Rep. David Scott announced for the Clayton’s School System will not cover the $23 million the School System will loss “Every Year” until 3500 or more students return! These additional funds Scott announced would have been a great addition to existing funds had the Chamber and the Rich had not ask to revoked accreditation; in an effort to rid and hurt the old final four BOE. Now, the Chamber and the Rich destoryed the county, real is real! Now they’re scrambling, they had no foresight! This still lets the district $21 million short over the “Two Year Period”. Wow! This accreditation issue surely was a costly political power move for the ailing district! People ask your delegation and commission chair one question “WHY”!


June 2nd, 2009
1:59 pm

Tsk , tsk – Trotterite – tsk , tsk.
I understand how the loss of students found Clayton 20 million short. But after the first year – you trim teachers, schedules, and the like – meaning you right size to the number of students – you should be able to trim way down on this shortfall. If not – the system isn’t doing their job. No reason for continuing 20 million shortfalls “every year”. Unless you feel as others – any govt. job is little more than a jobs program, and taxpayers be damned..

Big Papi

June 16th, 2009
7:52 pm

Jonesboro and Lake City shouldn’t even have police departments. They are too small and unprofessional. The residents would be much better served by the county police. These small town departments are traffic nazis that only exist to fill the cities cofers with traffic fine revenue.

now what!!!!!

July 3rd, 2009
7:29 am

We just need people that is goal orinated, that have the people in their best interest.
we need people that will take their job seriouly and not just a title that want to wear like a tatoo on a chest. This is not about title controll this about childish control.. Your in my sandbox no your in my sandbox. So when are we going to grow up an relize that this is a very serious matter. If people actually did their jobs they would not have time for all this.