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Sylvester-Worth NAACP one step closer to petition to remove sheriff

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SYLVESTER, GA (WALB) -

NAACP said Worth County residents were one step closer to try to remove their sheriff from office.

With the help of the Sylvester-Worth County NAACP branch, community members have collected more than 100 signatures.

This was part of the Board of Elections initial requirement of 100 valid voter's signatures for recalling Sheriff Jeff Hobby. 

Earlier this month, the organization learned about the steps they need to take to file a recall petition of the office.

The move comes months after a controversial drug search of students at Worth County High School.

Students went home and told their parents that officers patted them down intrusively. 

"The community, they've been very supportive. The parents are still outraged. It's just a tedious step process that we have to take as an organization and we just have to follow it carefully," said President Benjamin Whidby. 

Whidby will be meeting with the Election Board on Monday to learn about the next phase of Sheriff Hobby's recall. 

He believes the organization will need another 3,500 valid voter signatures which is a percentage of registered voters that voted for him in the last election. 

And he explained they would have 30 days after Monday to obtain those signatures. 

Sylvester-Worth NAACP will also be holding a community meeting on Monday at 6 p.m. at a building located at 315 West Railroad Street. 

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