Letter reveals city's reasons for terminating East Ridge Police Chief

On Friday, NewsChannel 9 received the notice of termination for East Ridge Police Chief J.R. Reed. (WTVC file photo)

We are now learning what led the City of East Ridge to fire its top cop.

On Friday, NewsChannel 9 received the notice of termination for Police Chief J.R. Reed.

According to Assistant City Manager Kenny Custer, Reed did not update safety equipment for officers. Custer says that led to the deactivation of the SWAT team.

In the letter, Custer also says Reed failed to deliver $24,000 of collected funds to City Hall, despite being required to do so.

"As previously stated, your sergeants, lieutenants, and officers within the Department have confirmed they have no confidence in you as their leader and I cannot have the City's first responders being led by a chief they do not trust or have confidence in to lead them," says Custer in the letter.

Other problems listed include failing to fully evaluate internal investigations, failing to properly budget, and failing to take ownership of his mistakes.

Reed has been the city's police chief since 2014.

Assistant Chief Stan Allen will act as interim chief until a replacement is named.

You can read the full letter here:


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