Savage retains law firm

Friday, August 14, 2009

A former Lewisburg police officer has retained a law firm that specializes in, among other things, personal injury law, employment law, and municipal law.

Denise Savage, 36, has retained the Jackson, Tenn. law firm of Spragins Barnett and Cobb PLC, and supplied their name and telephone number to the Tribune last week.

When asked what Savage's intentions were, her attorney, Teresa Luna, wrote in an e-mail, "At the present time, no firm decision has been made as to which of several options Ms. Savage is going to take. "

Savage was mentioned in last Friday's article on now-former LPD Det. Sgt. Jimmy Oliver, in connection with a seminar on respect in the workplace that was held for LPD officers after Savage complained about a remark on "tight blue jeans" made while officers were at the Henry Horton State Park firing range.

The Tribune stated that Savage "quit without prodding and apparently moved back to where she lived before."

When asked about this, Luna wrote, "Although there are some aspects of the article that are true, the article does not reflect why Ms. Savage was forced to resign from the police force nor the extent of the harassment and retaliation that brought about the need for her resignation or for the seminar."

Luna declined to comment further, writing in another e-mail, "That is all the elaboration that is pertinent and appropriate at the present time." She added, "I do appreciate you trying so hard to get to the truth of this situation."

Savage's personnel file shows that she was sworn in as a Lewisburg police officer on March 28, 2007, and applied unsuccessfully for the position of detective in July 2008. She had served in the Marine Corps, attended the Tennessee Correction Academy, and worked in the Tennessee Prison for Women.

"I want to do something I can be proud of and consider it an honor and a privilege," wrote Savage in answer to the question "What is your reason for entering law enforcement?" on her application.

Savage's file contains several commendations from Lewisburg Police Chief Chuck Forbis, as well as a certificate that she received the Superintendent's Award "for outstanding interpersonal skills throughout the six weeks of training at the Tennessee Correction Academy."