LaFayette Police Chief retires amid perjury scandal
LAFAYETTE, AL (WTVM) - On Monday, the LaFayette City Council met and accepted the retirement request of Police Chief Kenneth Vines.
Vines' decision to retire comes after he admitted to altering documents and perjuring himself during his divorce case back in September 2014 in front of Circuit Judge Ray Martin.
"I sat down and talked with Chief Vines," explained Lafayette Mayor Barry Moody. "I wanted to know what exactly had taken place. I want to know all the information regarding the documents, when it happened and how it happened. I told him I'd be investigating."
Judge Martin released his judgment on January 20 and ordered Vines to pay a $100 fine and serve five days in the Chambers County Detention Facility for deceiving the Court.
The sentence was suspended when Vines paid the fine.
"What we had to deal with is what the judge had done in the ruling so we pulled that part out. For the last two weeks, to be very honest, has been spent on gathering information and trying to make the right decision," said Moody.
Moody read Vines' statement at the meeting saying his decision to retire was in the best interest of the City of Lafayette and his family.
"This is just sad. It's sad to see a man retire, like this. It's just a sad day for LaFayette, Ala. and the citizens of LaFayette," explained council member Tammie Williams of District E.
Councilman Michael Ellis, who was not at Monday's meeting, brought up the perjury issue concerning Vines' divorce at the previous council meeting.
Ellis made a motion Vines be suspended with pay pending an investigation, but the motion died for lack of a second.
Moody says they were presented the information four work days before the meeting and did not have time to review the documents in order to make an informed decision.
"No one is going to get anything out of rushing to try to make judgment on somebody especially when it's their livelihood," explained councilmember Terry Mangram of District A.
Now the city will begin advertising for a new chief of police.
Moody says Vines' role will be limited to administrative duties necessary to provide officials with information needed to make a successful transition.
"We'll do it as quickly as possible, but I'm not going rush anything and not do it the right way," explained Moody.
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