THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - A strong message has been issued by Southern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Brad Shealey.
"If we don't do our job, then there are victims that are not being served. There are individuals that are committing crimes that are not being prosecuted. We will never get to that point," said Shealey.
Now, both the city and District Attorney's office are speaking out.
"We are going to continue to do the job that we do, we are going to continue to prosecute cases and bring justice to the people in the community," said Shealey.
The Thomas County District Attorney's Office said for them everything is business as usual. This message comes a day after the release of letters detailing, 'an erosion of trust' and 'dysfunctional relationship' with the Thomasville Police Department.
Shealey said he's seen disagreements before between departments in other counties, but maybe not to this magnitude, now coming tp the attention of the community.
"It is what it is. The public certainly has a right to know what's going on with the agencies," said Shealey.
Shealey said it's critical to maintain good communication lines between all departments they work with.
"The letter talks about not being inclusive and cooperative in situations. But It's not like we aren't talking to each other, we still communicate, we still have ongoing everyday processes. It just needs to be strengthened and built up, because it dropped down to a point where there are these issues," said Shealey.
Shealey said Thomasville's Interim City Manager Kha McDonald has told his Thomas County office staff that she is working with city staff and leadership to rectify the situation.
"Obviously work on getting the case files in on a timely fashion, which I think they are taking a position to work on that as well," said Shealey.
McDonald released a statement today on behalf of the police department that reads :