This wasn’t on the Sentinel’s website but was front page news–hmm, wonder why.

Police Audit Ends, Officer Resigns Post
By Bobby Moore
Staff Writer

Oliver Fladrich voluntarily resigned Thursday as the Douglasville Police Department’s deputy chief of administration following an internal investigation into 50 guns missing from the department’s evidence room.

The investigation began several weeks ago when $6,000 was discovered missing from the department’s evidence room.

Further investigation revealed several guns were missing from the room and in Fladrich’s possession because he was reportedly building a gun display case for the department, officials said.

Fladrich returned all weapons to evidence and said none of the weapons had left the police department’s buildings.

Chief Joe Whisenant said Fladrich’s story passed  polygraph test Tuesday afternoon administered by a former Cobb County officer.

An unnamed employee involved with the evidence system also passed a polygraph test Tuesday, and two other employees will go through the same procedure within the next month, Wisenant said.

“He [Fladrich] has cleared himself of all criminal charges,” said Whisenant, adding that the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office has indicated they will not pursue any charges.

Whisenant described Fladrich, a major for the past two years and a 17-year department veteran, as “a loyal, diligent, hard-working officer with a lot of character.”

Even with no proof of criminal wrongdoing, Whisenant said he was not surprised by Fladrich’s resignation.

“Oliver, understanding the scrutiny he brought the police department by making bad decisions, resigned voluntarily because he is a man of character,” Whisenant said.

Whisenant is currently finishing his two-week notice with the police department.  After that, Whisenant said he will be willing to help his long-time coworker land a job with a different agency.

“Somebody somewhere is going to get a fine police officer,” Whisenant said.

Whisenant still believes that the $6,000 in question was misplaced, and said found money will now be deposited in a bank account instead of being kept in envelopes with other evidence

Other changes will also be made to the evidence system in the coming months, including the implementation of a bar coding system that is part of SunGuard’s OSSI Records Management System software the department purchased in June.

“We’re closing the barn door after the horse got out,” Whisenant said of the changes to the evidence system.

Whisenant added that he plans on naming a new deputy chief of administration later this month.

Calls made to Fladrich by the Sentinel were not returned as of press time Friday.

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