Mt. Juliet police chief told not to sleep on job, or he may be terminated.
Mt. Juliet’s interim city manager has warned the police chief that if he falls asleep on the job again — literally — he may be terminated.
Police Chief Andy Garrett served a three-day suspension without pay in March after falling asleep on the job, personnel records show.
He received a written reprimand for sleeping at work in 2011, and at that time had been previously counseled on the issue.
Another incident could cost him his job, according to a March 5 letter from interim city manager Kenny Martin, the chief’s supervisor.
“I would be very concerned, at any time, be it a chief of police or a patrolman, if he was having a problem staying awake,” City Commissioner Ted Floyd said. “We carry guns, drive city vehicles and have to drive at a high rate of speed.
“If it’s a medical issue where he’s going to have a problem staying awake, is he or is he not qualified to perform his duties — not as a policeman — but can he be trusted not to fall asleep?”