Investigation into Tyler police exam cost city thousands, results remain secret

Investigation into Tyler police exam cost city thousands, results remain secret

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - An investigation into a controversial administration of the police promotional exam for sergeant has cost the city thousands, according to invoices obtained by KLTV.

Through an open records request, we obtained invoices showing the payments made to the investigation firm, Lynn, Ross, Gannaway & Cranford, LLP. The firm was hired by the city's civil service commission after allegations were made that the test was administered unfairly. Complaints surrounded the person who received the highest score on the test in the Spring of 2015, John Riggle, son of Tyler Police Assistant Chief of Administration Paula Riggle.

Riggle resigned from the police department in late October. Her former position with the department has been dissolved, with the sections that once reported to her, now report to another assistant chief within the department, according to an organizational chart on the Tyler Police Department website.

The investigation by Lynn, Ross, Gannaway & Cranford, LLP found 'no wrong-doing' according to the City of Tyler. That investigation cost the city $9,105.20, according to invoices from the city. The services of the firm included telephone conferences with city officials, a briefing with the civil service commission, travel to Tyler to attend the commission's meeting and advising the City of Tyler "regarding strategy going forward."

Tyler police confirm that no one from the sergeant promotional list has been promoted, however, there are two officers who are expected to be promoted to sergeant in the near future. The names of those set to be promoted and the date when they will be promoted have not been released.

KLTV has filed multiple requests for the results of the investigation, however the city's legal department said they intend to appeal our request to the Attorney General's Office citing privacy concerns.

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