Victor Hill pays lawsuit settlement with $300,000 in county funds | www.myajc.com

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Victor Hill pays lawsuit settlement with $300,000 in county funds | www.myajc.com

Clayton Sheriff Victor Hill has used $300,000 of his department’s budget to settle a false-arrest lawsuit against him that had pushed him into personal bankruptcy. It’s a judgment the county had refused to pay when a federal jury ruled against Hill in 2008, during his first term in office.

Now that Hill is back in office, he’s using money that would otherwise pay for sheriff’s office personnel to pay off the judgment. Hill will leave six correctional officer positions at the jail open for a year to make up for the$300,000 expenditure, according to documents obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News.

Local officials say state law gives Hill, as sheriff, unrestricted discretion over how he spends the sheriff’s office budget.

“The citizens of Clayton County elected him as sheriff. He has every right to do what he sees fit with his budget,” said Clayton County resident Henry Anderson.

But not everyone thinks Hill should use taxpayer money to settle the lawsuit.

“He shouldn’t be using county money. That’s the county’s money,” said Riverdale resident Sam Carr.

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