GRPS Chief of Staff under investigation for alleged misconduct

The Chief of Staff and Executive Director of Public Safety and School Security at Grand Rapids Public Schools (GRPS), Larry Johnson, has been placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation into a complaint from a parent. The complaint alleges that Johnson had an inappropriate phone conversation with the parent, who was concerned about the safety of their child at school. The details of the conversation have not been disclosed, but the parent reportedly felt threatened and intimidated by Johnson.

Larry Johnson is a former Grand Rapids police officer who joined GRPS in 2004 as the director of public safety and school security. He was promoted to chief of staff in 2019, overseeing the district’s operations, communications, human resources, and legal services. He is also responsible for ensuring that school campuses are free of crime and violence, and that staff and students are treated with dignity and respect. He has been praised for his leadership and professionalism by the district’s superintendent, Leadriane Roby, and the school board president, Jen Schottke.

GRPS Chief of Staff under investigation for alleged misconduct
GRPS Chief of Staff under investigation for alleged misconduct

How is the investigation being conducted?

The investigation is being handled by an outside firm, Miller Johnson, which specializes in employment law and litigation. The firm was hired by the district to conduct a thorough and impartial review of the complaint and the evidence. The investigation is expected to take several weeks, and the results will be shared with the public once it is completed. The district has also assured the parent that they will not face any retaliation or harassment for filing the complaint.

What are the possible outcomes?

Depending on the findings of the investigation, Johnson could face disciplinary actions ranging from a reprimand to termination. He could also face legal consequences if the complaint involves criminal allegations or civil rights violations. The district has stated that it will not tolerate any misconduct or abuse of power by its employees, and that it will hold them accountable for their actions. The district has also expressed its commitment to providing a safe and supportive environment for all students, staff, and families.

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