The Mobile County Personnel Board reinstated Mobile Police Department Sergeant Ronald Brown to his former position as lieutenant at an appeal hearing this morning.Lt. Brown was reassigned and demoted to sergeant on Jan. 23, 2014, after an internal investigation found two other officers, who were under his supervision at the time, guilty of mishandling adult entertainment compliance checks and failing to turn in citations for violations at local strip clubs.
Brown led the Narcotics and Vice Unit, which the two officers were assigned. According to Mobile Police Chief James Barber at the press conference in January, Brown was found guilty of failing to provide proper supervision. As a result, he was reassigned and demoted.
“He’s served his time, and the chief felt it was an appropriate time,” MPD Attorney Wanda Rahman said at the hearing. “He wants to give him another chance.”
Brown has been serving as sergeant since January while Officer Brandon Cotton was fired and Officer Timothy Johnson was given a six-week suspension without pay.
“Officers Cotton and Johnson’s verdicts were upheld,” said MPD Spokesperson Ashley Rains via email.
The board’s decision to restore Brown to lieutenant was effective immediately.