Testruth announced that IMPD officer, Curtis Johnson would be serving as Deputy Chief “until this big mess gets straightened out”.
The suspended asst. chief has come under fire recently from Public Safety Board members for impersonating an officer. In April, complaints were received by Southport’s Public Safety Director Kevin Bandy that Bick had never achieved the necessary law enforcement training requirements outlined in Indiana statutes. Further investigations by Safety Board members revealed a number of alleged criminal and civil rights violations. Board members initiated an official inquiry but were dismissed by Testruth before the first meeting was scheduled. “You just can come in here and demand [that] Ellison follow the law” explained Testruth at the monthly Board meeting.
At that same contentious Board meeting Southport’s suspended Chief of Police, Randy Ellison explained that he alone had authorized Bick’s activities, provided a badge, marked vehicle for personal use and radio. Ellison learned last week that he too was not adequately certified to serve as a police officer in Indiana. Testruth immediately placed both “officers” on administrative desk duty until each is able to achieve Indiana certification.
During the public comment section of the Monday Council meeting, Ellison referred all questions to the City Legal Department. Mayor Testruth explained that “the City isn’t going to pay for any legal services. You’re all on your own dime”.
Bick’s wife Judy is embarrassed by the whole thing. “I was just getting comfortable using the city of Southport as my return address” shouted Mrs. Bick at the February Council meeting. “Now I’ll have to go back to using Indianapolis [instead]”.