Wednesday, January 05, 2005

NO, I'm Not Making This Up!

From CNN:
JONESBORO, Georgia (AP) -- On his first day on the job, the new sheriff called 27 employees into his office, stripped them of their badges, fired them, and had rooftop snipers stand guard as they were escorted out the door.

The move Monday by Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill provoked an angry reaction and prompted a judge to order him to rehire the employees.

"It appears ... that employees of the Sheriff were terminated without cause" and in violation of the county's civil service rules, Judge Stephen Boswell wrote in granting a 30-day restraining order.

Hill, 39, defended the firings and said the new sheriff has the right to shake up the department in whatever way he feels necessary. He told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he fired the employees to "maintain the integrity of the department."
This is a made for TV Movie. New black sheriff, in what used to be a rural white run Shop. The County borders the jurisdiction where we had a losing sheriff candidate shoot and kill the winner just before he was to take office. Talk about tension.

Read the article, it is stranger then fiction!


UPDATE: The Captain has his take on this awkward event. Hosting problems on his end prevented me from catching his post earlier.

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