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Baker County sheriff turns in badge

August 1, 2003

Newton - Sheriff Issac Anderson, under a federal indictment, is ordered by Governor Sonny Perdue to turn in his badge. Within hours of Anderson stepping down a temporary sheriff was sworn in.

Anderson turned in his badge, gun, keys and car around 10:30 Friday morning. He's suspended with pay as he awaits trial for hindering an investigation and lying to federal investigators.

Probate Judge Angel Hendricks says, "Mr. Adkins if you would raise your right hand." Less than three hours later, Baker County Commissioner William Lucious Adkins was sworn in.

The new sheriff says, "I've always done what I thought was best for Baker County and the governor appointed me as sheriff and I'm going to accept that responsibility and do it to the best of my ability."

Anderson's attorney, Phil Cannon, advised Anderson to turn in his badge Friday morning. Anderson said he wanted to do the right thing by following the governor's orders.

Adkins opens his new office for the first time. On the wall is a picture of Anderson getting sworn in. He states, "This is a sad day for Baker County. It's not a time to rejoice. It's a tragic circumstance that got us to this point."

Adkins has spent 15 years as County Commission Chairman. This will be his first try at law enforcement. He adds, "It will be interesting."

Adkins says he'll do his best. He says, "I intend to have a sheriff's office that people in Baker County can respect and look up to."

If Anderson is found not guilty he could return to office. Anderson's trial is expected to start in October.

The sheriff is accused of making a false incident report to provide an alibi for Tommy Williams, Junior in a domestic violence case. Anderson is also charged with lying to federal agents.

posted at 5:00PM by kathryn.simmons@walb.com

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