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Report cites series of breakdowns within Southlake DPS

The Southlake Department of Public Safety is riddled with communication problems, has no well-coordinated senior management group and employees did not respect or show loyalty to then-Police Chief Wade Goolsby, according to a nearly three-month investigation of the police department's management released Wednesday.

The report, however, found no evidence that Goolsby, who left the job last week, or his underlings gave prominent citizens favorable treatment.

In response to the report, DPS Director Jim Blagg has appointed a team of employees to develop a plan of future action, City Manager Shana Yelverton said in a prepared statement. Yelverton will receive periodic reports from the team, she said.

"We have been through a difficult period, but our resolve to provide for the safety and security of this community has never wavered," she said.

The report was prepared two former FBI agents who make up the California-based consulting firm McNally and Associates.

Background

Last June, several police officers approached the Tarrant County district attorney's office and accused Police Chief Goolsby and his underlings of mishandling cases and showing favoritism to prominent citizens. A Tarrant County grand jury declined to indict the high-ranking police officials, but a report accompanying the decision raised questions about the department's management, suggesting the city conduct its own investigation.

Yelverton vowed to boost morale within the department, and in March the city council hired McNally and Associates to do the job at a cost of more than $50,000.

Goolsby resigned and served his last day as chief May 27. He is now a finalist for a job as assistant chief of the Cedar Hill Police Department.

Report details

Among the report's other findings were:

■ A lack of teamwork and cooperation of the department's top officials

■ A strong resentment toward the chief

■ One-way communication

■ A lack of openness in the exchange of ideas

■ A lack of mutual respect among employees

■ A lack of adequate supervision of personnel and cases assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division

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