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Sheriff cleans house after jail complaint

March 14, 2003

Albany-- One Dougherty County Jail Officer has been fired and four others resigned their jobs, after they used unnecessary force on an inmate.

The incident happened February 16th, and the inmate was not injured.

Dougherty County Jail Officials refused to provide details, but said in a press release that "Proper treatment of inmates is among their highest priorities."

Detention Officer Juanita Williams was fired. She had worked with the Department for four years. Corporal Tommy Hobbs and Corporal Kevin Smith resigned rather than be fired. Both had five years of experience. Detention Officers James Senn and Samuel Thomas also both resigned during the investigation of the incident.

One other Jail employee was suspended for three days without pay, and another received a verbal reprimand.

posted at 3:35PM by dave.miller@walb.com