Former Brenham Police Chief Craig Goodman

The documents dealing with the resignation of former Brenham Police Chief Craig Goodman show his resignation was a forced one.

The over 500 pages of documents from Goodman’s personnel file with the City of Brenham show that Goodman was given the option of resigning or being terminated from his position as Police Chief.

That decision was made after a comprehensive review of the Police Department by then City Manager Terry Roberts and Human Resources Director Susan Nienstedt.

That review concluded that the Police Department was suffering from low morale and that Goodman had lost the support of the Department, including his entire command staff.

Documents show problems in the Department going back a full year or more, with Brenham City Council members becoming concerned.  Roberts and Nienstedt concluded that conditions in the Department were so poor and unfixable that a change in leadership was necessary.

Goodman was hired on September of 2015, and served as Police Chief through his effective resignation date of January first of this year.  Although Roberts had originally proposed keeping Goodman on the payroll for 30 days after his resignation date, the City actually payed him through May 7th.  He was paid approximately $38,000 plus another $5000 for 12 days of vacation during that four month period.

The release of the documents was prompted by a Freedom of Information request made by Bryan TV station KBTX.

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