Gov. Nathan Deal appoints committee to investigate DeKalb County SheriffJeff Mann, DeKalb County Sheriff
DeKalb County Sheriff Jeffrey Mann is now the target of an investigation authorized by Gov. Nathan Deal stemming from his May 6 arrest for public indecency.
According to a police report, Mann was arrested after he was allegedly found masturbating in Piedmont Park. The report alleges he ran from an Atlanta Police officer before being apprehended. Mann’s office has said the sheriff is “working to clear these charges.” He has not responded to requests for comment from Decaturish.
His attorney has spoken to the media on his behalf and has apologized for the incident. Mann said he does not intend to resign, which was suggested by Terry Norris, executive director Georgia Sheriffs’ Association. Specifically, Norris said Mann should resign if he’s found guilty of the charges.
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Shortly after the arrest, Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council Director of Operations Ryan Powell confirmed the agency’s investigation into the incident. The agency certifies police officers in Georgia. On May 16, Gov. Deal issued an executive order appointing Attorney General Chris Carr, Peach County Sheriff Terry Deese and Sheriff Ezell Brown of Newton County to investigate misconduct in the sheriff’s office. The order is a revision and update to an order issued on May 11. According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the revised order is in response to questions from Mann’s attorney.
The committee will have 30 days to complete its work. Under state law, the sheriff can be suspended for up to 90 days and the governor could request the county’s district attorney to petition the courts to have the sheriff removed.
Here is a copy of Deal’s executive order: