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Sheriff Mann back at work after 40 day suspension

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Sheriff Mann back at work after 40 day suspension

Jeff Mann, DeKalb County Sheriff
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Jeff Mann, DeKalb County Sheriff

Sheriff Jeffrey Mann is back at work following his 40 day suspension stemming from his public indecency arrest.

The Sheriff’s Office confirmed that Mann returned to work yesterday, July 24. DeKalb Superior Court Chief Judge Courtney Johnson named Capt. Ruth Stringer as the interim sheriff during Mann’s absence.

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The incident that led to his suspension occurred in early May. 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, before Gov. Nathan Deal suspended him starting June 13. He was paid during the suspension.

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.

But Mann’s legal troubles are not over. He still has to account for the arrest. The case is still working its way through the city’s municipal court. According to WSB-TV, Mann’s attorneys have asked the case be dismissed.


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