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Note: This article was submitted to press before the City of Garrett responded via e-mail. Robert McCumsey said his list of citations (below) were for all citations, not just moving violations, though The Ellis County Press requested for moving citations.

The Ellis County Press

FERRIS – Chief Michael Braly abruptly resigned Monday night after reportedly complaining about micromanaging by the city council, sources at City Hall said.

Braly, who said he would be seeking a job at the Irving Police Department, could not be reached for comment as of press time, but sources allege numerous incidents in the past several weeks of driving the former south Texas-area cop to leave when he reportedly couldn’t get help controlling the department.

Among those allegations listed in documents The Ellis County Press submitted open records requests for, the FPD reportedly had an officer:

    Searching Internet prostitution ads on the popular Craigslist site;

    Scanning pornography sites using city computers;

    Viewing said Web sites for long periods of time;

  • Allegedly bragged about taking a photo of a woman topless as he patrolled the neighborhood and then showing fellow officers and supervisors;

This newspaper also requested dozens of documentation regarding separate incident reports about Ferris dog catcher Robert McCumsey, who was alleged to have written citations to motorists when his job de scri ption did not call for that; one councilman said he questioned why McCumsey’s animal control vehicle reportedly had city decals stripped in exchange for light bars and police scanning equipment, the sources said.

As of press time, the Ferris, Garrett and Ennis police departments did not return requests for information about unrelated and separate incidents allegedly involving McCumsey, but a search for moving violation citations written by McCumsey produced statistics the licensed peace officer wrote 15 tickets since October of last year.

Because McCumsey’s job de scri ption does not stipulate writing moving violation tickets, it is unclear whether fines and fees collected off those citations would be rendered null and void. McCumsey’s citation record is as follows:

October 2007: 8 (citations)
Nov. 2007: 1
Dec. 2007: 2
Jan. 2008: 3
Feb. 2008

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