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Hill addresses first 'Lunch and Learn' seminar

By Kathy Jefcoats

kjefcoats@news-daily.com

JONESBORO — Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill made a rare public appearance Thursday, speaking at the first in a series of Lunch and Learn seminars.

Hill, who is under a 32-count felony indictment and faces trial beginning Aug. 5, has kept a low profile since taking office in January. At a handful of public appearances since taking office, Hill has successfully avoided interacting with news reporters.

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Photo by Kathy Jefcoats Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill addresses the first of a series of Lunch and Learn seminars, held Thursday at El Noa Noa.

Instead, he works to placate residents — his potential jury pool — by flooding the county with "quality of life" programs aimed at "de-thugging" neighborhoods. At Thursday's lunch at El Noa Noa, Hill gave several examples of how he takes calls directly from residents and tries to immediately solve their problems.

"I got a call from a man whose son had been suspended from school," said Hill. "He told me he needed help. I told him I'd started a modified 'Scared Straight' program and to bring his son over for that."

Hill said the father told him the program was full and that he and his wife worked. They needed someone to watch their son while he was suspended from school, he said.

"I told him to just drop him off and he could spend the day with me," said Hill. "I had no idea what to do with him."

Hill said the program allows troubled students to spend time at the jail, washing cars, doing school work and being supervised by deputies. He said it is one of three programs aimed at young people, the other two being Explorers and the anti-truancy unit that works to keep students in school.

"We like for the kids to see the jail," he said. "Sometimes the media makes being a criminal look attractive. Some kids actually believe jail is a fun place to be. They don't understand that a Youth Detention Center is very different from the Clayton County Jail."

He told the crowd about having five deputies sitting outside a known drug house to force the stop of drug sales there, and of working with other local law enforcement agencies on prostitution, robbery and burglary arrests. Hill said his goal is "instant relief."

"If we take care of the little things, it prevents big things from happening," he said. "We want to let the criminal element know they can't have Clayton County, to send a message to all criminals that we will maintain a quality of life and move the riff-raff out."

Hill said he has purposely left the mainstream media out of his game plan. He has implemented a text alert system and his office has an active social media presence.

"We can't rely on the media," he said. "The media has proven they're not going to tell the story accurately. And why should people wait until 5 or 6 o'clock at night to learn what is happening in Clayton County? We can't allow anyone else to tell our story. We have to tell our own story."

Hill's venture into proactive crime-fighting is a throwback to his first administration during 2005-2008. As he told the group, the sheriff's role is to be chief jailer, chief officer of the court and chief law enforcer of the county. Specifically, the law calls for the sheriff's office to serve warrants, maintain the safety of the courthouse and maintain a county jail. In the majority of Georgia counties where a countywide police department doesn't exist, the sheriff's office plays a larger role in law enforcement by staffing a Criminal Investigations Division, for example.

However, Clayton is one of a handful of Georgia counties with a countywide police department, multiple municipalities with their own departments and an elected sheriff's office. Hill was criticized by some and lauded by others during his first term by offering the same services taxpayers already funded through the police department. He publicly supported merging the two departments with himself as the county's top law enforcement official.

During his first term, he famously sent former police Chief Jeff Turner an email signed, "Your future employer." Turner is now chairman of the Board of Commissioners and, technically, Hill's boss along with the rest of the board. His plan has not been supported by elected officials and would require a change in the county's charter.

In this second term in office, Hill technically operates without a public information officer and his office doesn't issue press releases. He has focused instead on ministers associations to take his message to churches, on social media where professional-grade videos tout his quality of life programs and the free text alert system that lets subscribers know when his deputies have made a notable arrest or where an accident is tying up traffic somewhere in the county.

He told the group Thursday to call him if they see criminal activity in their neighborhoods.

"If you need me to de-thug it, I will," he said.

Comments

MD 10 months ago

This is one trial that needs to be moved to another county. This clown is trying to taint the jury pool.

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OscarKnight 10 months ago

...Walkin Small seems have this "Tainted Touch" , everything & anyone that he touches goes under this spell. The Man with The Tainted Touch :

http://www.news-daily.com/users/photos/2013/feb/08/63365/

...The Bad Luck Curse of Morrow.

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dailydale 10 months ago

Let me state that I am not a Victor Hill supporter. With that said, how in the world does the Clayton News Daily expect to be taken seriously when you continuously allow this "clown", Oscar Knight to disrespect the elected sheriff and the majority of the citizens of our county? This is why he was elected in the first place. There seems to be an "old" guard in ClayCo that want us to return to the past. As an 18 year resident of the county that has lived in an apartment on Riverdale Rd and has been living for 16 of those years in Fairfield Subdiv, I know that there are two different ClayCos. One from Lake Jodeco west to Tara Blvd, and another from Tara Blvd continuing west to Old Nat'l. Until all the citizens of the county come together this war will persist. In the meantime, I'm tired of having to drive 40 mins each way to my chidren's school, drive to Whole Foods, and shop for all my needs and services outside of Clayton County, and to top it off my house is worth only a fraction of what it was when I purchased in 96... With all that said, I'm taking Garland's lead; and taking it to another level. North Fulton, here I come!

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OscarKnight 9 months, 3 weeks ago

....Dailydale; Maybe Oscar Knight can answer your riddle, for you. Oscar Knight has been living in Clayton County for over 50 years, and Oscar has invested a lot of time, hard earned money into this county, and Oscar has has lost his investments that he put into this county. Oscar is a property owner in the county, and what Oscar has received in return is what is happening in this county today. "Clown" ?....Oscar would rather be a clown than a non-caring moron.Having an Investing Interest in a county means a lot to some residents, not from those that just passes by within our county.

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OscarKnight 9 months, 3 weeks ago

...Dailydale has only one single comment, posted on The Clayton News Daily. Another "One Hit Wonder" attempting to bash my comments.

....Have a good life in Fulton County, Dailydale.

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OscarKnight 10 months ago

...Quote : (( "#Hill said he has purposely left the mainstream media out of his game plan. He has implemented a text alert system and his office has an active social media presence."

"We can't rely on the media," he said. "The media has proven they're not going to tell the story accurately. And why should people wait until 5 or 6 o'clock at night to learn what is happening in Clayton County? We can't allow anyone else to tell our story. We have to tell our own story." ))

....So; Are we to rely on The Victor Hill's News Reports for Clayton County in the future years to come ?

.......Riddle me with this : Are You Smarter Than A Pre-Schooler ?

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OscarKnight 10 months ago

....The Victor Hill News of Clayton County, According To Victor Hill.

.....Can't Wait !!!!!!

........Gut Busting Laughter, to say the least.....Ha. Ha !!!!

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OscarKnight 10 months ago

...Another Side Show in this county :

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OscarKnight 10 months ago

Quote : (( "In this second term in office, Hill technically operates without a public information officer and his office doesn't issue press releases. He has focused instead on ministers associations to take his message to churches, on social media where professional-grade videos tout his quality of life programs and the free text alert system that lets subscribers know when his deputies have made a notable arrest or where an accident is tying up traffic somewhere in the county"))

.......Is Victor Hill abusing the Tax Exempt Status of the Churches, in this county, to promote himself ?.....If this is true, Corruption in this county has just went off of the deep end. Another Tid Bit...If Victor don't agree with the freedom of the press, he probably don't believe in our First Amendment.

......Riddle Me with this : If Victor Hill is such a very respected & educated "Crime Fighter", what was Victor doing to earn his wages while Kem Kimbrough was Sheriff ?

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OscarKnight 9 months, 2 weeks ago

...."Victor Hill Speaks At Local Church" :

.....Another False Prophet, at The Pulpit ?

http://www.cbsatlanta.com/story/16918904/victor-hill-speaks-at-local-church

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MD 10 months ago

They say he was not very good at selling cars. Guess this job is easy money for him.

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OscarKnight 10 months ago

......What's more sad is this :

The Clayton County Voters should be proud of themselves !!!

....Please Rise To Receive Your Moron Award !!!

SHERIFF Total Total Votes 83618


VICTOR HILL (D) 63936 - 76.46%

GARLAND WATKINS 16773 - 20.06%

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OscarKnight 10 months ago

QUOTE : (( "The media has proven they're not going to tell the story accurately. And why should people wait until 5 or 6 o'clock at night to learn what is happening in Clayton County? We can't allow anyone else to tell our story. We have to tell our own story."))

......And Who or Whom is "We" ?????

.....I came to Clayton County, Georgia in 1960, and I have never seen such an embarrassing excuse of a elected official, as I see now.....A more descriptive word : Sad.

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OscarKnight 10 months ago

......Our chances to disenfranchise the stupidity in this county is slim to none..What's more Sad; We are also out numbered.

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OscarKnight 10 months ago

......How can we not love these tomfoolery antics and side shows in this county ?

.....Riddle Me with this :

....If Clayton County was to have a Fools Parade,.. who would be leading this parade ?

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Robert 9 months, 4 weeks ago

DailyDale, There are three different Clayton Counties existing within the county borders. There are predators, there are prey and to a small percentage there are the guardians. The guardians are those that DO want to bring back to old Clayton County by removing the criminal element including those who have been elected into office by the less than moral majority. Those who want to see that you don't have to drive 40 miles just to see that your child gets a competent education and to see business thrive inside Clayton County so that folks just like you and me don't have to take our money outside the county just to get the goods and services that we seek. This is a war for the quality of life that use to exist before 1996 when Section 8 housing and Katrina refugees flooded in and became a drain on society, moral standards and the county resources. The old Clayton County had a quality of life that was prosperous and worth keeping. Overgrowth and urban sprawl along with good old fashion greed has lowered that quality of life to the point that many people, like you, have moved on to greener fields in search of a better life. Some of us continue to try and change things here for the betterment of the entire community. OscarKnight is expressing his first amendment right just as you have. Victor Hill does not deserve respect just because he has been elected into office. He was not voted into office based upon his character when the previous Sheriff had tons of proven character in dealing with all people equally and fairly. Victor Hill showed his true colors on the first day he took over the Sheriff's department. He wears his Masonic ring proudly but a true Mason would never treat people the way that he did (does). A true Christian seeks to find the middle ground by ignoring the splinters but rather looking to deal with his own rafters. There are many more issues inside our local government other than Victor but he is the one that embarrassed us nationally. I hope that you find what you are looking for in North Fulton county.

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OscarKnight 9 months, 4 weeks ago

...Thank You Robert; In opinion, as a long time resident of this county, Victor Hill wants to create his own side show circus act according to his rules. This is probably the reason for him taking his snake oil salesman pitches into certain private sectors, rather than to the News Media Outlets. This defeats our Freedoms of The Press in this county.

.....Having the right to vote is only good, only if the right candidates are elected into office. Abusing this right to vote, is what we have here.....Simple, Cut, & Dry !!!

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OscarKnight 9 months, 3 weeks ago

......"Hill addresses first 'Lunch and Learn' seminar"

......Victor Hill's Self Promoting Propaganda, as always ?

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OscarKnight 9 months, 3 weeks ago

......This is more proof that Oil and Water Don't Mix Together

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Robert 9 months, 2 weeks ago

The oil has taken over, most of the water has fled the county for greener pastures.

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OscarKnight 9 months, 2 weeks ago

....In other words, we had an oil spill washing up on the shores of this county; about the same time that Victor Hill arrived.

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Robert 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Did Victor come to ClayCo in 1996 with the Olympics?

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OscarKnight 9 months, 2 weeks ago

....According this, Hill took his Oath of with Clayton County Police Department in July 20, 1992 :


.....Atlanta was already cleaning ground and preparing for the Olympics before 1996. ...The dysfunctional undertow of this county, had already began before the Olympics.

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OscarKnight 9 months, 2 weeks ago

...Atlanta was selected host the summer Olympics on September 18, 1990 :

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1996_Summer_Olympics

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OscarKnight 9 months, 2 weeks ago

...In short, Clayton County became the ripe pickings from the overflow for unknown candidates of South Atlanta, South Fulton County, and South DeKalb County. This is how Clayton County became virgin territory for a political takeover..

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OscarKnight 9 months, 2 weeks ago

....Riddle Me With This :

....Is Victor Tooting His Own Horn, Again ?

http://www.news-daily.com/photos/2013/jun/15/71616/?c=117830

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OscarKnight 9 months, 1 week ago

......For those that attends Victor's 'Lunch and Learn' seminar :

....How many of you are smarter than a pre-schooler ?

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OscarKnight 9 months ago

......Victor Hill's 'Lunch and Learn' seminar :

.....Pop Quiz for Victor's Students :

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OscarKnight 9 months ago

...If you gave the correct answer, you fall within the other 90% preschoolers that gave the correct answer. Doesn't it feel good to receive recognition ?

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