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Gov. Nathan Deal suspends Sheriff Jeffrey Mann for 40 days

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Gov. Nathan Deal suspends Sheriff Jeffrey Mann for 40 days

Jeff Mann, DeKalb County Sheriff

Jeff Mann, DeKalb County Sheriff

This story has been updated. 

Gov. Nathan Deal has issued an executive order suspending DeKalb County Sheriff Jeffrey Mann for 40 days as punishment for his public indecency arrest in Piedmont Park.

The incident occurred in early May.

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The Sheriff will still be paid during his suspension, the Sheriff’s Office says.

According to a police report, Mann was arrested after an officer allegedly saw him masturbating and walking in the officer’s direction. The report alleges he ran from the Atlanta Police officer before being apprehended. Mann’s office has said the sheriff is “working to clear these charges.” He also suspended himself for one week with pay, May 27 through June 4. The governor-imposed suspension begins on June 13. The chief judge of DeKalb County Superior Court, Courtney L. Johnson, will appoint someone to serve while Mann is suspended.

The governor issued the order after receiving a recommendation from a committee with three members: Attorney General Chris Carr, Peach County Sheriff Terry Deese and Sheriff Ezell Brown of Newton County. Deal had the authority to suspend Mann for up to 90 days.

According to the Executive Order, the committee reviewed the incident report and took statements from the arresting officer, Mann and his attorney.

“On June 8, 2017, the committee delivered to me its recommendation that, considering the totality of the circumstances surrounding his actions, Sheriff Jeff Mann be suspended for 40 days,” the Executive Order says.

Here is a copy of the executive order:

Mann is also being investigated by Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council, the agency that certifies police officers in Georgia.

Decaturish has reached out to Mann’s office for comment and will update this story when we receive a response.

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