When Victor Hill took office as sheriff while under indictment, Clayton County found itself in an unusual situation with tricky legal questions.
Hill was indicted while he was a private citizen in February 2012, but the charges stem from a previous term as sheriff. He took office Jan. 1, and the case has yet to go to trial.
The situation is unique in the state — the Georgia Sheriffs’ Association has said it’s not aware of another instance of someone under indictment being elected or serving as sheriff in the state.
“It was bizarre from the start, and it continues to be bizarre,” said association president and Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills.
Deal concluded that the law governing the procedures for the suspension of public officials under indictment applies only to those indicted while in office, the governor’s office said at the time.