January 3, 2013
After careful evaluation of the facts in the case and the applicable state law, Gov. Nathan Deal announced today that he will not appoint a panel to consider the suspension of Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill.
Deal has concluded that the law outlining the procedures for the suspension of public officials under indictment applies only to officials indicted while holding their elected office.
Pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 45-5-6, the governor must appoint a three-member panel to investigate the indictment of a public official. The law defines “public official” as “any elected county officer.” Victor Hill was indicted on Feb. 29, 2012, at which time he was a private citizen and not an elected county officer. Therefore, state law prohibits the appointment of a suspension panel at this time.