by Robin Kemp

Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill said Friday night that he has suspended 20 jail command staff members for allegedly billing the county for almost $1 million in overtime since July.

Hill said in a Nixle post that all 20 employees are on leave without pay following an Internal Affairs investigation, and that they would be terminated next week. Hill added that some have resigned or retired.

According to Hill, jail supervisors allegedly had signed off on each other’s overtime without prior authorization, then gotten “other supervisors of equal or lower rank to put the overtime on the Kronos pay system for them since the system does not allow them to enter in their own overtime.”

The move comes as sources say the jail and CCSO are understaffed amid COVID-19 and Hill runs for re-election against a write-in candidate, Dwayne Fabian.

However, Hill said he has already filled more than half of those positions to continue normal jail operations without interruption” and will send the investigation’s findings to Clayton County District Attorney Tara Mosley’s office for review.

The Clayton Crescent has requested the jail shift rosters, other Kronos reports for the suspended employees during that period, and the results of the Internal Affairs investigation once they are complete.

Revolving door

Critics of Hill, including several former employees, have taken to social media to air their complaints about the sheriff and the way he runs the office. Among their complaints is that morale is low at CCSO due to understaffing and a culture of fear.

A check of Clayton County’s open jobs found several positions at the Sheriff’s Department remained open before the latest round of firings:

Several other CCSO employees have been fired or resigned in recent weeks:

  • CCSO Corrections Officer Gregory Hubert Brown was placed on administrative leave Sept. 27, then terminated for calling an inmate a “crazy n_____.”
  • Deputy Nicole Pitts was fired Oct. 7 for allegedly placing her service pistol under an handcuffed suspect’s chin. CCSO said another deputy reported the incident.
  • On Sept. 13, CCSO Deputy Brandon Myers was fired, following an Internal Affairs investigation, for use of excessive force and violation of oath in the beating of Roderick Walker during a widely-publicized traffic stop in College Park.
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