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Tenn. Deputy Under Fire For Mowing Lawn In Shorts

March 26, 2012  | 

A Bradley County (Tenn.) Sheriff's Office deputy who lost his job in December for mowing his lawn in his shorts will retain his law enforcement certification.

Sheriff Jim Ruth has withdrawn his request to the Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission to have Deputy Dallas Longwith's certification withdrawn, reports the Cleveland Daily Banner.

Longwith was fired on Jan. 4 for "conduct unbecoming an officer," based on complaints he allegedly wore boxer shorts outside his home in August and December while mowing his lawn.

Comments (9)

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Lee @ 3/26/2012 6:58 PM

That is like being fired for wearing a swim suit outside. What a joke...

TripWire @ 3/26/2012 7:41 PM

WTF????? Must have been a real slow news day.

Greg @ 3/27/2012 3:43 AM

Guess it all depends on how big his property was....wait, that didn't sound right.

Anyway, the neighbors took photos...remember the guy in California who was arrested because he was making breakfast naked and a neighbor could see inside his house. I'm waiting for the excuse of these busybodies as, "It's for the children".

Frank @ 3/27/2012 4:40 AM

If this is the only issue the Chief had with this officer the Chief should be fired for being stupid and starting a media circus. As far as the rest of the officers on the department. Let this be a warning the Department will not back you on anything.

HankG @ 3/27/2012 6:29 AM

I'm with Greg, he was wearing boxer shorts, maybe his junk WAS hanging out and that was the basis of the complaint?

maleman39 @ 3/27/2012 8:59 AM

A non-issue, unless he was showing something he shouldn't have. Would it have been okay if he had briefs on? You see that much on TV, for crying out loud. Apparently an overzealous chief who won't back up his people.

sherry @ 3/29/2012 9:19 PM

Since when is it the sheriff's right to determine what attire is appropriate for an OFF duty officer to wear. If a police officer has. A tatoo of a half naked girl on hisbidy and displays it on his OWN TIME would he be fired? As a citizen of Bradley county of many years I can assure everyone reading this that Deputy Longwith is a man of character with an outstanding reputation that apparently did something to irritate the sheriff and because his work ethics and history were flawless he came up with this lame accusation. I mean who mows in December anyway!

Mommy2Angelita @ 3/30/2012 5:13 AM

Lol seriously?? I remember in the 80's us girls wore them as shorts.... To school!!!!! Even if his junk was hanging out, it shud had been a warning. Women in swimwear show to much at local YMCA and are ask to put tshirt on , not arrested!

Robert @ 3/30/2012 6:40 AM

In reading the newspaper article and the article on the sheriff being offended, looks like letting somebody else in charge bit him in the butt. Nobody would knowingly make a stupid decision like that with your own name on it unless, retiring soon and doesn’t really care about anybody. To save integrity, he should take back control off his office before more poor decisions using his name are made. The reason the deputy was fired has personal not professional attack written all over it. If there were more reasons, surely they would have been used. Especially if in fact he had a clean record. Sounds like a clique in a hillbilly high school. I say take back your job, get rid of the real problem(s) before more news is made. What other changes have happened not publicized? Other people out? Quality transferred to rear or low-grade? Raises given to the “buds”? I bet turn-over there is something less than desired. I think I am going to watch this story. Mister Longwith looks like a sure fire settle out of court case.

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