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Starr will be Hill’s liaison

Rumors surface regarding sheriff’s transition

Victor Hill

Victor Hill

— Clayton County Sheriff-elect Victor Hill will receive help from County Manager Wade Starr as he transitions into an office he may, or may not, be able to hold onto.

The Clayton County Board of Commissioners voted 4-0 to appoint Starr as Hill’s point-of-contact as the former sheriff goes through the transition period to reclaim the office he lost four years ago. If commissioners have their way, the transition from current Sheriff Kem Kimbrough to Hill will go better than the transition from Hill to Kimbrough in December 2008.

County Attorney Jack Hancock and Commission Chairman Eldrin Bell said a liaison is needed so the county knows what Hill’s plans are before he takes office Jan. 1.

“We can’t stop him from taking office, at least not legally as far as I know, but we can make sure the transition is as smooth as possible,” Hancock said.

Bell said there have already been rumors circulating about what Hill plans to do upon taking office. For example, he said it is rumored that Hill has already told Clayton County Public Schools Interim Superintendent Luvenia Jackson that he will stop providing school resource officers to the district.

“Then that falls squarely on us,” said Bell. He was alluding to the fact the county police department will likely have to begin offering SROs again if those rumors proved to be true and the sheriff’s office pulls out of its agreement with the school system.

“At least we will be giving you back answers that are not rumors,” Bell said as he recommended establishing the liaison.

During the transition four years ago, Kimbrough complained that he received no cooperation from Hill.

“In order to ensure a smooth transition of the sheriff-elect into the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office, Clayton County hereby designates the county manager as the sheriff-elect’s point of contact and directs the county manager to contact the sheriff-elect and assist in developing a transition plan,” the Commission’s resolution states.

But, regardless of how smooth the transition goes from Kimbrough’s administration, to another Hill administration, it could still devolve into chaos in January, when Gov. Nathan Deal decides whether to suspend Hill.

The former and future sheriff was indicted nearly a year ago on a long list of felony charges and his trial is not expected to begin until sometime next year, depending on appeals pending in higher courts. Despite the indictment, Clayton County voters still overwhelmingly decided to return Hill to the sheriff’s office instead of giving Kimbrough a second term.

The Georgia Peace Officers Standards Training Council, also known as POST, has also suspended Hill’s certification until his trial is over. State law mandates Hill must regain his certification within his first six months in order to stay sheriff which means he’ll have until the end of June to get through a trial and apply to get his POST certification re-instated.

Hill will also have to contend with a new commission chairman in January, when former Clayton County Police chief Jeff Turner takes the reigns of the county government. Years ago, when Hill was sheriff and Turner ran the police department, Hill reportedly signed a letter to Turner as “Your future boss.”

When Kimbrough was sworn in to office in December 2008, Turner told Clayton News Daily his relationship with Hill mainly consisted of the two men continually “butting heads” with each other over law enforcement matters.

Comments

Robert 2 years ago

The Hill - Starr thing shouldn't surprise me. Like two peas in a pod. I had forgotten about, Hill reportedly signed a letter to Turner as “Your future boss.”, wow is that karma or what. Hopefully, the Governor will step in before to much damage can be done.

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OscarKnight 2 years ago

.....We stand little chances to disenfranchise the stupidity in this county.......Sad to say; We are out numbered.

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MD 2 years ago

The county manager position may not be around that long! LOL! Fitting hook up though! Two just alike!

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Robert 2 years ago

Reminds me of two others who tried to get away with as much as they could.

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OscarKnight 2 years ago

......Turner, Hill, and Porter.......Three Peas in the same pod.

.....Trust Me about this.

.....These beans will not allow anyone to disenfranchised their unity..

......Boss Wade will watch small's back.........I have this gut feeling that "Hell Is Coming To Breakfast" in this county.

......Hill is on the front porch of being the powerful elected official in this county, and Wade will be with him. Don't think for one minute that Porter and Turner can be Trusted.either..

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OscarKnight 2 years ago

.....Governor Deal will do absolutely nothing to stop this; This is by the will of the people in Clayton County, and The Governor will not step in unless Hill is convicted.

.......Governor Sonny Perdue went on Local Television, in 2008, to urge the Clayton County Voters. This wasn't on the News, this was a broadcast directed towards the people in this county.

....I just glad that I live on the north side of this county......Far away from Riverdale.

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OscarKnight 2 years ago

......Hint : Hill, Turner, and Porter was Clayton County Police during the same time frame; But now, they will be the most powerful officials in this county.......and what about Boss Wade ?

.......In other words; What about us and the county that we live in ?

.....Scary to say the least.

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OscarKnight 2 years ago

........News-Daily article published March 29, 2007

Quote : Quote: "As more black officers joined the department in the early 1990s, the older officers began retiring, and the racial overtones began to disappear. A shift had taken place, but some black officers believed their was another battle to be fought".

"In 1994, three of those officers -- Turner, Greg Porter, who is now an administrative captain, and Victor Hill, who is now the county’s sheriff -- approached the NAACP for help."

http://www.lakejodeco.org/news/AnnounceShow.asp?announcement_id=17558&assn_id=12312

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OscarKnight 2 years ago

......."Legislators ask governor to let indicted Victor Hill take office of sheriff on Jan. 1"

http://www.ajc.com/news/news/crime-law/legislators-ask-governor-to-let-indicted-victor-hi/nTGCw/

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OscarKnight 2 years ago

...Riddle Me with this :

......Is Vic using Wade as his Ventriloquist's dummy ?

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SgtFranklinRock 2 years ago

Hill's transition should be closely monitored not only the media (excluding personal shill Tom Jones) but by an Elected Official, ultimately answerable to the Citizens rather than a self-aggrandizing, marginally qualified, political appointee. Hopefully Mr. Starr has the vision to resign prior to the new commissioners arrive in office. Clearly this is a move to marginalize the new Board much as is the Commissioners appointments of cronies to various county boards for years giving the new board little effectiveness in steering governance. Even the county's own Organizational Document found at http://www.claytoncountyga.gov/pdfs/finance/FY13Budget.pdf on page 26 rightly shows that the Sheriff's Office is NOT EVEN IN the Chain of Command under the Chief of Staff but rather answers directly to the Commission. Those pesky documents seem to be ignored especially when the access to money and influence is at risk.

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OscarKnight 2 years ago

...Rock; The last time Hill took office, The Clayton News Daily was banned from the Hill's Press meetings. Do you actually think that Vic will allow himself to be place in harms way with the press ?

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OscarKnight 2 years ago

Rock : (( "Hopefully Mr. Starr has the vision to resign prior to the new commissioners arrive in office" ))

.......Don't get your hopes too high about your "new commissioners arrive in office".......You Might Ought To Brush Up on your Clayton County History, Rock.

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OscarKnight 2 years ago

Rock (( "Sheriff's Office is NOT EVEN IN the Chain of Command under the Chief of Staff but rather answers directly to the Commission."))

.......Rock; Brush up on your history : Since Kimbrough won the Sheriff's Election in 2008; Have you ever seen, heard, or read anything about Victor and Kimbrough working together with the transition of turning over The Sheriff's Office between each other ?

....Riddle me with this :

.....Did Vic say that things will be different this time ?

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OscarKnight 2 years ago

.....We stand little chances to disenfranchise the majority in this county.

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