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April 4, 2006

Douglas -- Governor Sonny Perdue has accepted the resignation of Coffee County Sheriff Rob Smith. The Governor's office received the letter, dated March 29th, Tuesday morning.

Smith is resigning effective April 15th. It is now the responsibility of Probate Judge Sylvia Stone to appoint an interim Sheriff until a special election can be held, which may take place as early as July.

Because Smith resigned, the Governor will not appoint a special panel to investigate the indictment filed against him on March 20th.

As part of a plea bargain, Smith pleaded guilty to one count of malpractice and malfeasance in office.

By doing so, he will avoid doing any jail time.

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