Cookeville Police Chief Bob Terry's rocky climb to the bottomCOOKEVILLE, Tenn. , (Aug. 28, 1999) -- Former Police Chief Bill Benson undertook an investigation into a complaint that on March 24, 1998, Police Officer William Drossman, speaking to Tennessee Tech students, slandered businessman Mike Gaw. Porno email ring at Cookeville P.D. includes police chief
Rumor, documents link Gaw, Terry
Gaw was widely reported to have been partially the target of a federal investigation involving, at least, General Sessions Court Clerk Lewis Coomer's files.
But the official records do not show that Benson took any action whatsoever regarding the officer's concern that there were leaks within the department. In fact, there is no record at all that Police Officer Drossman asked for an investigation in two areas involving Chief Robert Terry.
Booze for the chief, cash for the governor
Everyone was covering for Mike Gaw, ex-Cookeville cop says
It took the FBI to move in on ticket-fixing in PutnamCounty because Mike Gaw has sources and friends in law enforcement to ensure no local problems. But speeding may not have been the worst violation covered by political influence, Bill Drossman says
By GEOFF DAVIDIAN
Putnam Pit editor
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. [June 16, 1999] -- While he headed the Drug Task Force, Cookeville Police Chief Bob Terry chatted with a known cocaine user, washed it down with free booze and called officers to see if friends were under narcotics investigations, an ex-cop says.
June 19, 1998 -- District Attorney Bill Gibson's 13th Judicial District Drug Task Force has used asset forfeitures to indirectly supplement the salaries of its members, a practice that personally has benefitted drug agents empowered to seize and dispose of private property byauction, The Putnam Pit has found.
In a letter to City Hall acquired by The Putnam Pit, Bob Terry, the director of the 13th Judicial District Drug Task Force, writes that funds received through asset forfeitures are used to reimburse the City of Cookeville for the overtime incurred by members of the task force.
Sergeant Bob Terry, King
of the self-authorized overtime, was on paper a mixed bag of slight formal
education and extensive on-the-job training. His application states he
went to 21 training classes between February 1990 and April 1998. One Terry
supporter, Councilman Steve Copeland, said he had a "gut feeling" about
Terry, who headed District Attorney General Bill Gibson's Drug Task Force
for years while on the city payroll as a police sergeant. True, The
Putnam Pit reported before his appointment that Terry ran up staggering
overtime while director of the Task Force -- never mind other city directors
are salaried and work however long it takes to do the job, and never mind
other municipalities did not pay overtime for Task Force members.