Something is going on at the Johnson City Jail in Johnson City, Tenn., but it is yet unclear exactly what that might be. Johnson City Press reported on Wednesday, January 9, 2013, that the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) is investigating something related to a previous investigation at the all-ladies detention center.
The Johnson City Police Chief Mark Sirois confirmed that there was an investigation, as did the TBI, according to the Johnson City Press story by Becky Campbell. The story is very vague and confusing, however.
The only facts that are established are that this investigation resulted from a previous internal investigation involving Johnson City Jail Superintendent, Sam Garland. This criminal investigation does not involve Sam Garland, Chief Sirois told Johnson City Press.
“It’s not directly involving the jail, (and) former Superintendent Garland is not the focus of this investigation,” Sirois said.
The Johnson City Press explains how the whole thing started, but that's about all Chief Sirois would discuss with them, it appears.
The JCPD internal investigation began in October “involving allegations of procedural violations at the Johnson City Jail. In the course of that investigation, what may be criminal violations were also identified,” Sirois said.
Supertalk WFHG FM 92.9 also reported the story Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013. Their news brief included the fact that the Chief had requested the investigation. They added the footnote that Chief Sirois had been with the Johnson City Police Department for 20 years, and he has been in this position since June of 2012.
So, all we know at this point is that the current investigation stemmed from an investigation of Jail Superintendent Sam Garland, but he is not the subject of the investigation. (He has, by the way, since retired from the Johnson City Police Department.) The matter involves procedural violations at the jail, but the jail is not involved.
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