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Officer Resigns, Council Calls Meeting

Until a WSB-TV report on Thursday evening, the city said nothing about a March 15 traffic stop involving the city manager.

Update 4:20 p.m.

Todd Vande Zande, Canton's interim police chief, confirmed that Officer Daniel Henley resigned today.

Here's the transcript of his interview with Canton-Sixes Patch:

"It's true.

I found out this afternoon.

I was attending a vendor demonstration and I called back here on my way back to see how everything was going and found out that he came in, turned in a letter of resignation and turned his gear in and that was it.

He hasn't been back to work since the incident aired on TV.

He took off. He's called in sick. And then today, he came in and turned in his resignation.

To whom it may concern:

Please accept this letter as my letter of resignation from the Canton Police Department effective immediately. April 11, 2012

No (I haven't spoken to him since TV report aired).

I was surprised because normally we get some sort of notice, but I can't say that I blame him. I think that he took quite a beating and I think the focus was shifted to him and it should have been shifted to someone else and he felt embarrassed and humiliated and let down. I think he thinks that we let him down—the city of Canton Police Department, me specifically.

I did defend him. And he's a good employee and I wish he was still here, but you hold the agency head responsible. And I don't know what he thinks I could have done any different, but I think he feels like most employees feel: That it's the responsibility of a good supervisor to protect their employees when something like this happens. And to the extent that I was able to do that, I did that. I can't do anything else. I can't say something was right that wasn't right. And I wish I could've done more for him, but I couldn't. It's unfortunate for him that the focus was on him and not where it should have been—on the person that created the incident to begin with.

Well, I'm pretty sure everybody knows who that is. There were only two parties in the traffic stop.

They just called and told me (about the special called meeting). Nothing other than that they've asked me to be there."

Original report 3:20 p.m.

In the wake of a , the officer who pulled him over has resigned from the .

And a special meeting has been scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday in which the council will go into executive session to discuss personnel matters, Mayor Gene Hobgood said.

"It will principally be an executive session to discuss a personnel matter," he said. "It may be other matters involving the police department as well. I just learned of Officer (Daniel) Henley about 30 minutes ago. I don't know any other details.

Henley's resignation comes less than a week after a WSB-TV report revealed that the city manager was pulled over shortly after a March 15 city council meeting.

Until that report, the city said nothing about the stop.

Wood drove off that night with a warning for failing to maintain his lane and driving 45 m.p.h. in a 30 m.p.h. zone. And Henley received a verbal warning for shutting off the audio toward the end of the stop.

That violation of police department policy and the city's silence around the incident have raised questions about Wood and if he was the recipient of preferential treatment.

While , an admission from the interim chief sparked new questions.

In an interivew with Canton-Sixes Patch that same day, Todd Vande Zande said with a request.

She said that Wood "wished to meet with myself and Officer Henley in his office," Todd Vande Zande said.

He said he didn't know the purpose for the meeting and never followed up because "I don't know that it's an appropriate thing to do."

Wood has not returned messages left for him since Friday. His only public comments regarding the traffic stop came Thursday, during that WSB report.

"I neither asked for and hopefully did not receive any kind of preferential treatment," Wood told reporter Michael Buczyner.

Stay tuned to Canton-Sixes Patch for updates on this breaking news story.

Billy McCardle April 11, 2012 at 08:13 PM
I don't know if its appropriate for Ofc Henley to resign. I don't know his reason. What goes on in the closed session meeting of the council is what tweeks my curiosity. Something appears to stink, I just don't know what.
Bobbie April 11, 2012 at 09:12 PM
So let me get this right..... Scott Wood intimidates a police officer, Scott Wood still has a job, and an innocent police officer......who gets paid next to nothing to put his life on the line everyday for the citizens of Canton..... has no job? Mr Wood.....step up to the plate and be a man. Admit you were WRONG. Officer Henley....you deserve an apolgy and a pay increase! We try and teach our children not to bully, but I guess Mr. Wood missed that lesson somewhere in life. Shame on you!
DM April 12, 2012 at 01:09 AM
I have personally known Daniel Henley for 13 years. He worked as a professional police officer in south Georgia where he earned the rank of sergeant for 10 years. He and his family moved to north Georgia about 4-5 years ago to experience the excellent quality of life up here. He has worked faithfully for the city of canton since then. This officer also works a second job on his days off as an HVAC tech. The city of canton has lost an honest, hard working, fair, and dedicated officer. Shame on the city of canton for playing dirty politics on your police officers.
KayKay April 12, 2012 at 02:55 AM
Instead of focusing on the traffic stop itself, focus was put on the officer for turning his video off. Which has made him look like the bad guy. It sounds to me as though the officer was put in the middle of the political struggles that exist at the City of Canton. The same struggles that forced Chief Lance to resign as this officer has done. Unfortunately once again CPD has lost another good police officer.
Sharon Shy-Hanawalt April 12, 2012 at 03:28 AM
i sure don't think the officer should resign wonder if wood pressured for his resignation? if so why? why is wood above any other citizen driving the roads of the city?,, course i would have liked to think wood would have been issued tickets! as the city mgr. he should know to abide by the laws, running a stop sign, speeding both are very dangerous & could have taken lives with his lack of responsible driving habits.
Kim Subacz April 12, 2012 at 03:41 AM
This is a shame. Officer Henley should not have felt pressured to resign. Shame on Wood for thinking he is better than any of us. I will gladly take your job Mr. Wood if you care to resign.
acitizen April 12, 2012 at 11:13 AM
City of Canton, seems to be line any other government... corrupt to the core. Officer Henley is a good man, who loved the job. I believe that when the true facts come out, people will praise Mr. Henley
dcoxtrouble April 12, 2012 at 01:43 PM
So when are we going to get the outcome of the private council meeting??????? Mr Wood it is time for you to step up!
Aurora S Thomas April 13, 2012 at 03:14 PM
I watched the video on wsbtv 2 I have to ask didn't Wood stay in his car as should be done when an officer stops you?Why did he immediately jump out of his car & walk back to the patrol car? If I was the officer I would have drawn my gun on his arrogant self! I think by Wood doing that it clearly shows he planned to verbally attack the officer for stopping him! Then Wood claims he hopes he didn't get special treatment? Come on, we all know how Wood is & how arrogant he is, no doubt he threatened the officer! While I was at the arts festival last year I observed a red truck driving the wrong way on the one way street beside the park & police department, a gentleman standing in the police parking lot got onto Wood for driving the wrong way on a one way street & wood yelled at the gentleman & replied "I'm the city manager I can do whatever I want & no one can stop me" so with hearing that, I'm quite sure without a doubt his traffic stop probably involved Wood saying the same thing to the officer! I want to know why Wood didn't receive several tickets This man is out of control, people are afraid of him, city council can't you fire him are you afraid of him too? With this I would like to see the officer reinstated with his job back, for Wood to do the right thing and him be the one to finally resign & for city council to grow a back bone & give the Chief position to VandeZande since he's been doing the job for a while and he is doing a great job!

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