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McClenny files suit against Hardison

Published 3:41pm Tuesday, September 18, 2012

FRANKLIN—Former Franklin Police Sgt. Ronnie McClenny is suing Franklin Police Chief Phil Hardison for the $600 value of his service weapon and $5,000 in punitive damages.

McClenny filed his suit in Franklin General District Court because he wants to know why his service weapon was kept from him after he retired in 2009 after more than 25 years in the department.

“I’ve never been given a reason why,” McClenny said. “I didn’t do anything wrong.”

Retired police officers with at least 20 years of service can purchase their service weapon for $1. A judge in November 2010 ruled that the city wasn’t legally required to give McClenny the .45-caliber Glock.

Records subpoenaed by McClenny and given to him by the judge in that case showed that Hardison bought McClenny’s former service weapon from Town Police Supply in Collinsville.

McClenny believes the gun wasn’t given to him because he has spoken to the Franklin City Council in the past about hostile working conditions under Hardison.

“He’s keeping it out of spite because I told on him to city council,” McClenny said.

Hardison didn’t return a phone call Tuesday asking for comment.

McClenny will represent himself during a hearing at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19.

 

  • SandMan

    @Beachgirl…Chrissy. I hope the cruise isn’t set for the same week as your court appearance!!! ALL RISE….;)

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  • hotwire

    @johnhenry
    So shall we keep an eye on these “court dockets” in Franklin or Isle of Wight???

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  • beachgirl

    Just like those big gusts of winds that were suppose to come and never did….

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  • johnhenry

    The future will proven that I don’t BS. Keep your eye on the TN and on the court dockets.

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    • chrissy

      Sniff Sniff..I smell the BS coming from you johnhenry..The worst BS’r all around..

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  • Dakota01

    Still I ask why are we getting worked up over somebody else’s non news worthy problem. NO matter what the outcome of this is it will not affect our lives one bit.

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  • simplifyingit

    @hotwire & beachgirl…don’t fall for johnhenry’s trick!! He is only trying to throw us off track with his false threats so that we get off the subject of what the police chief did. The old bait us in and switch the conversation. He has no grounds…let him “woof” all he wants

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  • hotwire

    @johnhenry
    Well it seems obvious to me that you don’t understand the difference between facts and fiction. The only facts here is the fact that you don’t know what you are talking about. Also, you say try you in court. Try you in court for what? Is that some kind of threat that we would have to use this “public information” blog for? Either way I can assure you that I am well prepared for that day. Are you?

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  • johnhenry

    HOTWIRE, I have facts not BS, try me in court.

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  • hotwire

    @johnhenry
    It’s interesting that you bring up the fact on this post that these blogs are public information and certain individuals may get their day in court to prove or disprove their lies and truths. You also mention these individuals “will be held accountable”. You seem to be very concerned about the “chief” for some reason…. could it be these statements are hitting really close to home? Now I want to ask you are you the pot or the kettle? Since these post are all public information I would like to invite anyone to go read some of your previous post and see what kind of bs you post! You take several stabs at a certain city councilman and seem to incorporate his so called “son-in-law” every time you take a stab at him. First of all since you are so big on the facts, get your facts straight before you go throwing stones, it’s not his son in law. Second of all, why do you hold such a grudge towards this councilman? Is it because it hurts when your toes get stepped on? So before you go preaching to folks up here about these posts maybe you should reread and rethink some of your previous post! Maybe you too will get your date in court and will be held accountable! Sounds like several counts of slander to me, be careful what you wish for!

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    • SandMan

      Thank You, hotwire!
      Actually, it would be considered libel, not slander. Good advice, just the same!

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  • Dakota01

    Why is this still news? This is McClennys fight not ours.

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  • johnhenry

    Simplifingit: Trying to ruin a mans career in these blogs with lies and false statement in these blogs is as serious as it gets. Your statements about the chief are wrong and immoral. Yes you will be held accountable, don’t get to far away.

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  • SandMan

    A really low blow. Whether you like or support McClenny…you should leave his family out of this.Grow up!

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  • beachgirl

    johnhenry bring it on…

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  • johnhenry

    Beachgirl: you did not ask questions. You made untrue statement. Can’t you read?? The judge will be able to…

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  • Makalani

    RE: “McClenny already knows it’s a lost cause. I’m sure no lawyer would take this case.”

    Similar to a sick person who does their Dr. Oz imitation treating him/herself has “a fool for a patient …” — a person who represents him/herself in court doing their Johnnie Cochoran imitation has “a fool for a client!”

    If Mr. McClenny is denied in court this time — he can always try a TV judge!

    Judge Judy — “Sir! You have no case! Case dismissed with prejudice!” (cannot be refiled) lol

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  • bustem

    All

    The only thing that this case is about is if McClenny can get his gun back. How Hardison acted is irrelevant to what the law says, and the law is on the city’s side. A court has already determined that he cannot get it back, not matter how the Chief acted. This case is just a rehash. I assume since he’s representing himself, McClenny already knows it’s a lost cause. I’m sure no lawyer would take this case.

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    • simplifyingit

      so you are saying that we should forget that the chief acted immorally and the fact that the chief broke city policies, and that the chief abused his position to possibly make a profit, or that he is “distributing” weapons as a Law Enforcement Official, or that he was disciplined by the city manager? I am scared of those facts. I am scared by a LEO that holds grudges and does things out of spite. I am scared that he will “distribute” weapons to his friends at the cities loss. He cannot be “just” and give everyone an equal place on this earth when he believes he is untouchable and “above” everyone.

      I am scared that “johnhenry”( a franklin police officer/wife i think) would get up here and threaten someone with court proceedings over what is “stated” in a blog. Is this the most important “crime” in the city or is he scared the truth might come out about the chief? Just saying

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      • bustem

        How the Chief acted is a Personnel matter for the city. It has nothing to do with this case.

        For the record, I think what Hardison did was childish and unprofessional, but McClenny is acting just as badly if not worse. Going before the City Council to complain about your boss is childish. Continuing it thru another court case when you have already lost one make it much worse.

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  • beachgirl

    And I might add johnhenry I am a citizen of the City of Franklin and I have every right to ask where the head of the Police Department lives just like anyone else in this City has that right. Wanting to know where the residence of our Chief of Police my friend a public right for all citizen of the City of Franklin.

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    • 4203

      Fact: Ronnie lost in Circuit Court. Fact, if it had anything to do with issue: Hardison owns a home in Franklin. If he owned a cottage in Nads Head, would it be a issue if he went to it on his time off. There are other dept heads that leaves the city for long periods of time and are far away. That is the reason for a good command staff.

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    • 4203

      What does it have to do with the suit? Stick to the issue. Next it will be where he eats lunch or the make of his car. After reading some of these crazy comments, who would want the public to know where you live.

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      • beachgirl

        Well lets see in a city of 8 square miles..if you live in the city.. how in the world would the residents not know.

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  • beachgirl

    Oh good grief johnhenry get a life…I was just asking a question about where the Chief lives. I can’t help it if my brother is an employee of Wavy 10. and just where my friend is a lie or the truth on here?

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  • johnhenry

    beachgirl: Careful what you print, all the blogs are public information and you may get your day in court to proven or disproven your lies or truths.

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  • simplifyingit

    seems like the PH supporters have gone silent since the RM crowd has brought out the real “wrongdoings” by the chief

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  • SandMan

    @ informed2: There is a difference between loyalty & ignorance. Those who support McClenny do so out of loyalty…to a good man & a fine LEO.
    There is also a difference between legally acceptable & morally acceptable.What may be legal may not be moral, ie…the “quick purchase of the specific weapon”. Also,
    your “facts” are off, as far as McClenny not dealing with Personnel in reference to retirement, giving proper notice, now receiving a monthly check from VSRS.
    After you correct your spelling errors,maybe you should change your user name to “misinformed1″.

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  • beachgirl

    Seems like a call to Wavy 10 is order.

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  • beachgirl

    So our Chief lives in IOW on a farm…well I feel well protected knowing that the head of the Police Department is living in another county..Oh and spending our tax dollars on gas twice or maybe 5 times a day going back and forth to his farm in IOW…Lets see now what if we had a disaster in Franklin, and all bridges and entrances to the city were cut off…so our fearless leader is on a farm in Isle of Wight county feeding his chickens and pigs while the citizens of Franklin are in Helter Skelter…

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  • informed2

    Here is the bottom line. When McClenny stood before the city councel and resigned effectively “immediatley” he was done. He then became a civilian at that point. That said Chief Hardison couldn’t sell him the gun if he wanted to. The fact the chief purchased the gun has absolutely nothing to do with the issue. That said, I really would be concered with McClenny’s obsession with this situation more than the issue itself. Those who support McClenny do so out of ignorance because they don’t know what the law is as it relates to this matter. What I do know is McClenny should have affored the chief the opportunity to get a signed release of his disciplinary records then everyone would know the truth about McClenny and why he took the position he did when he resigned from the police department, which ultimately forfeited certain privileges he otherwise may have been entitled to.

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    • simplifyingit

      @informed..”That said Chief Hardison couldn’t sell him the gun if he wanted to.”" The fact the chief purchased the gun has absolutely nothing to do with the issue.”

      Beg your pardon???if the chief was legally covered in not selling Ronnie the gun for $1 why would he feel the need to sell it so quickly along with 2 never issued guns and then buy them back on the same trip??? Seems like he knew he had stirred a hornets nest an was trying to “cover” all his bases in a hurry the same way Ollie North did shredding papers in the Iran-Contra affair. I know Phil may not have broken any laws but he broke a code of morality for sure and i don’t want an immoral police chief. Moral code forsaken, he also took advantage of his position to buy weapons, in quantity, that had belonged to his department only minutes before that…..this is “dirty” smelling at the least. Would any other officer be able to go along with him and buy the guns back on the same trip and then come back here and “distribute” them to friends??? The answer is NO!!! He is immoral and sneaky and i am worried what he might do next with his position of authority!!!

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  • Makalani

    RE: “…but most officers have a sentimental attachment to the one they carried while on duty…” Very true!

    I once had a retired policeman as a good friend. One day I visited him — he was sitting in his easy chair polishing and tenderly stroking his service revolver:
    “Yeah baby! I love you! You stood by me through thick and thin — never complaining! Remember that time we cornered that thug — held him at gunpoint and he wet his pants? You did good baby — we both had a good laugh ….!”

    I backed slowly out of his living room — eased out the front door — haven’t seen him since!lol

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  • happycamper

    If he’s no longer a policeman, why does he need a Glock? Deer hunting? Shooting beer cans floating down the Nottoway?

    If he gets another police job, won’t they provide one for him?

    Just seems like a lot of bother over nothing.

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    • simplifyingit

      dunno this but maybe…. to protect himself from some “crazed” criminal that he arrested or helped incarcerate while he was protecting us??
      This seems to be the reason most retired/off-duty officers carry weapons.

      I am sure Ronnie can afford another weapon, but most officers have a sentimental attachment to the one they carried while on duty….its like a partner that protected you for years???

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    • SandMan

      I’m seriously doubting McClenny is looking for another police job. He’s happily retired & a self made millionaire running his land owner/rental property businesses.
      The issue is not being able to afford any other weapon. He could start his own army if he wished!

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  • beachgirl

    Brian I am quite sure Mr. McClenny bathed daily..someone please tell me who Chief Hardison is and where does he live….?…Windsor??? Isle of Wight?? Smithfield???..

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  • beachgirl

    Who is Chief Hardison? Where does he live?

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  • Makalani

    RE: “THIS ISSUE should be important to ALL of you!”
    Not really! When the City Council and a judge put it to rest — most sensible people moved on to more pressing matters. Beating a dead horse won’t cause it to get up and start plowing again!

    Perhaps Mr. McClenny has watched one too many zombie movies — he keeps resurrecting a dead issue.

    In hindsight — perhaps the Chief would have acted differently considering the brouhaha and expense to the city caused by this much-ado-about-nothing case. We can’t expect him at this point to break down sobbing — commit hari-kari by failing on a sword because he was backed into a corner and had to defend his authority!

    Besides — the Chief is busy fighting crime and trying to keep citizens safe. He has more important things to occupy his mind than some frivolous lawsuit!

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  • johnhenry

    Mcleecleeny, may have played his last duce against a full house. That test will come within the next six months, state tuned. It has been a terrible waste of time for the city council while three members and Mcleecleeny tryed to drum up something that was wrong but could find nothing. The leader of the band was moved out in the election.

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  • billyboy

    Whether or not you agree with Former Sgt McClenny you have to respect his tenaciousness-What Hardison did was out of plain pure spite which shows COMPLETELY unprofessional behavior for a department head-NO MATTER WHICH DEPARTMENT!! If he had the common sense to just let him have the weapon for a buck like everyone else none of this would have happened.What disturbs me more is the fact that Chief Hardison may have acted ILLEGALLY in this locally flushed “Fast and Furious” weapons program- then has ,at the very least, been evasive about his unprofessional actions regarding the disposal of city weapons and the repurchase of them personally. Whether you agree with former Sgt McClenny or not THIS ISSUE should be important to ALL of you!

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  • brian

    Mcclenny was a dirty cop .

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  • simplifyingit

    Here is the question that needs to be answered: did the police chief violate any policy by selling perfectly good .45s(owned by the city)to Town supply for way less than retail value and then purchasing them back for personal use in the same trip? He was there as an agent of the city and should not have conducted personal business while on that trip, nor should he buy any firearm previously owned by the city for less than fair market value unless every city resident has the same opportunity. Another question needing an answer is: does the chief still own these 3 identical .45s and a shotgun or did he buy them to resale for profit? That could constitute a conflict of interest also. If he doesn’t still own all 3, where did the go? Is he buying/selling firearms w/o a license? Any self respecting LEO would maintain strict records on where semi auto pistols owned by them went and who possesses them now, if not they could be used in a crime and the LEO may be held responsible.

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  • goldluv14k

    Hardison bought the gun out of spite…. He should just return it and let McClenny buy it, just like any other officer should have been allowed to do so.

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  • rmcclenny

    I didn’t do anything wrong, but guess who did. When they bought my assigned weapon outside of city policy.

    Thanks for all the comments, whether they are in my favor or not, some are entertaining to say the least……

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  • SandMan

    per·ti·na·cious   /ˌpɜrtnˈeɪʃəs/ Show Spelled[pur-tn-ey-shuhs] Show IPA
    adjective
    1. holding tenaciously to a purpose, course of action, or opinion; resolute.

    Keep fighting, Sgt. “McMoney”.You have every right to utilize the Court System. And THIS TIME, the City Attorney can not hide the truth!

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  • Makalani

    “OH NO! NOT AGAIN!” Not ANOTHER distraction for Chief Hardison who got his hands full trying to keep Franklin safe for law-abiding citizens.

    As if the Chief isn’t busy enough deploying his troops fighting the epidemic of crime on Amory Dr. — armed robbers hiding on roofs — a travel agent ALLEGEDLY stealing customers credit card info — drug dealers using motels for transactions instead of Washington & South Sts. where they can be watched lol and his troops responding to Sprawl-Mart’s constant complaints of sticky-fingered customers.

    “YEEEP!” Just what the Chief needs right now — a frivolous lawsuit to fight while fighting the usual cast of repeat drug dealers — low-lives — criminals — embezzlers — white-collar criminals– thieves and assorted dregs of society preying on Franklin’s law-abiding citizens.

    “Thanks a lot Mr. McClenny!”

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    • Va Native American

      “As if the Chief isn’t busy enough deploying his troops fighting the epidemic of crime on Amory Dr…drug dealers using motels for transactions instead of Washington & South Sts…”
      (Because we all know that crimes are never committed on Washington & South Streets.) hahaha!

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  • spider68

    It seems that some commenters here seem to think this is normal or at least funny. I happen to think that there is something serious about this matter.
    An individual that maintains this kind of obsession to obtain one particular weapon would definitely give me cause for serious concern for my safety.

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    • bustem

      You are right. Some people cannot seem to move on in life. I think McClenny might need some counseling. It’s obvious it is personal at this time, and not a legal issue. Just wasting everybody’s time with this stuff. Everyone has been done wrong at some time, but you have to learn to move on.

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  • kkslider

    He deserves to have what is rightfully his. Kudos to McClenney for never giving up until he gets what he is owed! A lesser man would have let the city “leaders” win. Not this time.

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  • concerned

    go ronnie…someone needs to make this man accountable for what he does…he thinks hes untouchable…city council,mayor,city manager and taylor williams sure havent…good luck…you have more people behind you than you think!!!

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  • simplifyingit

    to put it simply…it became personal a long time ago between the two of them and it remains to be seen which one will win out. Phil is in the lead of battles won right now, but he may have “abused” his position to obtain that lead. Ronnie on the other hand is trying his darndest to find a “vehicle” to move back out front. With June out of the picture he may/may not, but give him credit……he is a persistent little booger!!! LOL

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  • ncheck

    He RESIGNED not RETIRED. The code section is clear. MOVE ON.

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  • drewandmol

    No kidding. Can’t someone take a fund and buy this man a life? Get. Over. It.

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  • Ol Skinny

    Stop crying… if you need a gun…..go buy one!

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  • mommyto7

    Oh, good Heavens…. This is still going on?

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  • weatherspotter

    Oh God, not this again!

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  • handkusp45

    Good grief. Get over it.

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