Bailey was fired following an internal investigation into spending on a customized golf cart for the disabled son of a man with whom she allegedly had a sexual relationship.
The golf cart was purchased with money from the police department’s Explorer fund.
In her termination appeal letter, dated Dec. 17, Bailey stated that allegations of untruthfulness against her are “untrue and easily disproved.”
Bailey stated that a bank account in question only required one signature when it was created in 2006. The report from the internal investigation stated that two signatures were required when the account was opened.
“It is apparent that no one during this investigation saw fit to interview the bank employees at issue. If they had done so, they would have learned that the bank negotiated single signature checks on this account for six years,” Bailey’s letter stated.
Bailey attached bank documents from 2006 to her letter. One form shows the number of signers needed for the account typed in as “01.”
A second attached form shows the necessary numbers of signers as “02,” which appears handwritten on the form. Bailey contends that the second form showing two signatures needed was the only one provided to investigators from Marietta.
Investigators from the Marietta Police Department performed an internal investigation into the golf cart purchase for the Canton Police Department. Their investigation concluded Nov. 13.
According to investigation reports, Bailey was found to have violated Canton Police Department policies on the code of ethics, professional image, on- and off-duty conduct, violation of rules, unbecoming conduct and truthfulness.
The city’s finance department also violated policy by not performing annual audits of the Explorer account or tracking deposits and expenditures, according to the report.
Canton Police Chief Robert Merchant stated in a termination letter to Bailey that the golf cart had been purchased under false pretenses and without disclosure of her alleged relationship with Jamison.
Bailey, in her letter, stated that the allegation of untruthfulness is false. Bailey stated that the Explorers, the Explorers board and the police chief at the time, Jeff Lance, unanimously agreed to solicit funds for Jamison’s son before any solicitations took place.
“At all times, the public was told unequivocally and without exception that the funds were being solicited for a young disabled man to purchase a golf cart to assist with his mobility,” the letter states.
Bailey’s letter stated that investigators did not interview Explorers or Explorers board members who would verify the account she gave investigators. Jamison refused to speak with investigators.
Bailey also contends that she did not violate the city’s financial policy. The Explorer program has its own bank account, which Bailey told investigators she believed had been set up as a non-profit account separate from city funds.
“The funds were never budgeted by the city, the account was never audited and the funds were never accounted for in any way by the city of Canton because they were always private funds,” her appeal letter stated.
Bailey stated in her letter that she received a tax identification number from the city that she believed was obtained specifically for the Explorers account.
Bailey said the same thing to investigators during the internal investigation. The account was not set up as a separate nonprofit and used the city’s tax identification number, according to the internal investigation.
Bailey also stated that the city’s financial policy does not apply to the purchase of the golf cart.
In a letter to the Marietta Police Department, parts of which were copied in her termination appeal, Bailey wrote: “The golf cart at issue was not purchased for the City. It was purchased by the Canton Explorer Post 221 for a private individual.”
The letter continued: “The solicitation of funds and the project to purchase the golf cart for this disabled boy were approved by the Board of the Explorers, which is a private entity chartered by the Boy Scouts of America, Former Chief of Police Jeff Lance, and the Explorers themselves. The funds raised were private funds and no public funds were used to purchase the golf cart.”
The Explorer post is a separate entity from the Canton Police Department, Bailey stated.
Bailey contends in her letter that Merchant “has selectively chosen the facts that he will believe,” as he failed to acknowledge in his termination letter that Bailey did not have a relationship with Jamison’s son and that Bailey refused to let Explorers make donations for her own disabled daughter.
Bailey stated that her personnel file with the city is “virtually devoid of discipline.” She alleges her firing violates the city’s principle of progressive discipline.
“Further, the inclusion of false allegations that are easily disproved raises serious concerns about the fairness of this investigation and the disciplinary action taken against me,” the letter states.
In addition to asking for her employment to be reinstated, Bailey ended the letter asking the city to correct the allegations that she lied to Marietta investigators, remove allegations and findings that she solicited funds under false pretenses, correct the publication of false allegations and speak with individuals referenced in her letter who can verify her statements.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation completed a criminal investigation in October and found no grounds for criminal prosecution against Bailey.
Bailey had been on paid leave from the department since July 18. She has filed a lawsuit against the city seeking overtime pay and other compensation owed.