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Lee Code Enforcement Officer asking to be armed

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A few dangerous situations led Lee County's code enforcement officers to ask commissioners to allow his officers to arm themselves.

Code Enforcement Officer Jim Wright says code enforcement officers in Warner Robbins, Lakeland, Florida, and Denver have been shot while simply doing their job.

Wright told us he often has to enter abandoned buildings or deserted areas of the county by himself. When he can take a Sheriff's deputy with him he does, but they're often too busy. He says several times he's walked up on illegal activity.

"I've walked up on illegal activity that was occurring or present including drug trafficking. I've walked up on illegal dumping where the person was armed. I've been met with hostility," said Jim Wright, Code Enforcement Officer.

Wright use to work for the Sheriff's office and is Georgia POST certified. Commissioners are expected to consider the measure at their meeting Tuesday.

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