Hill shadow still looms …

Should the police officers in question receive retroactive compensation?

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Although former Sheriff Victor Hill is long gone, Clayton County is still dealing with the ramifications of lawsuits incurred and decisions made during his tenure.

Eleven Clayton County police officers recently filed a federal lawsuit accusing the county of violating its own policies and procedures, among other things. Derived from the 2007 settlement in favor of 27 deputies wrongfully terminated by Hill, seven lieutenant positions were created within the Clayton County Police Department specifically for them. This left some police officers who worked long and hard for their promotions and the perks that came with them out to dry.

Although a few officers did get promoted earlier this year, the Board of Commissioners revoked those promotions after delaying funding to pay for them. After a two year dispute, the officers became ineligible for promotion completely last March. The lawsuit was filed before the statute of limitations expired, seeking punitive damages, attorney fees and retroactive back pay, rank and seniority as of July 2007.

While I believe those police officers are entitled to whatever they’re due dating back to July 2007, it’s just too bad that taxpayers may again have to pay for someone else’s mistakes.

Do you support the officers in this lawsuit? Why or why not? Further, given the drama Hill is still creating in absentia (including the missing equipment investigation), doesn’t this make you appreciate our current sheriff, Kem Kimbrough even more? Who knew we could have a sheriff sans the drama, television sound bites, bodyguards, tanks, etc.

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Black Rain

August 7th, 2009
3:39 pm

Talk about foolish – go back to school or at least do a google on Georgia – it has 159 counties – most of whch are rural and a sheriff dept can do well with those areas – a metro area county is entirely different – talk about picking and choosing your facts. Geez.

BB

August 7th, 2009
4:18 pm

Hey Lil Vic 2 – go thru my list and line by line “show me” where I am wrong – Missouri-style.

ILIKEVICTOR2

August 7th, 2009
5:55 pm

Black Rain- My mistake I stand corrected there are 159 counties of which only less than 15 have county police departments. Fayette county does not have a county police and is considered a metro county. Clayton County is one of smallest metro counties in the state of Georgia. The only reason why they have a county police department is for political reasons not so much for public safety needs. Now let’s get back to my original statement of Kembrough committing adultery. Is this not a violation of code of conduct for both P.O.S.T and departmental policy under fraternization?

ILIKEVICTOR

August 7th, 2009
9:58 pm

BB- It looks like I will have to administer you a dose of Ritalin or Adderall (both ADD&HD Meds), because it is hard keeping you focus and on the right track. I gave you an assignment and told you to look into it and get back with me. You have selectively chose to start debates with other people and ignore my assignment too you. Why want you answer any of my questions. You keep trying to evade and elude my questions. Which leads me back to my original requests, speak on the Correctional Officers arrests in Butts Co. and the destruction of a county vehicle by a drunken Captain that cause Sheriff Kembrough to play lawyer, instead of being the Sheriff. If you refuse to answer, maybe another lawyer, such as the State Attorney General, should look into Kembrough blatant violation of oath of office and aiding and abetting in the cover-up of HIS Captain drinking and driving. This is a bone that WE have latched on too and can’t let go.

CINDY JINKENS

August 8th, 2009
12:49 pm

MICHAEL, ITS FUNNY YOU WRITE “SMALL MINDED” REFERRING TO THE READERS, BUT YOU YOURSELF HAVE A VERY INCORRECT EXPLANATION OF THE ROLE OF A POLICE OFFICER AND THAT OF A DEPUTY SHERIFF. ALSO, MAKING ATTACKS ON THE FORMER SHERIFF BY NAME CALLING ISNT A VERY “OPEN MINDED” THING TO DO. ALSO IF YOURE SICK AND TIRED OF WHAT PEOPLE WRITE, STAY OFF OF THE SITE,
PS, SINCE YOU THINK THE POLICE AND THE SHERIFF ARE SO DIFFERENT, IF YOUR HOUSE WAS BEING BURGLARIZED OR YOU WERE THE VICTIM OF A CRIME IN ACTION, SHOULD A SHERIFF REACT OR GO TO THE JAIL, COURT OR KEEP SERVING THEIR WARRANT? IGNORANCE IS TRULY BLISS

ILIKEVICTOR

August 8th, 2009
6:59 pm

Hey Mikey, No one is saying that the increase in crime is due to Sheriff Kembrough. What we are saying is that as the Chief Law Enforcement Officer of the county, you have a duty to act. Crime has increased and he needs to act. If you do not want to be held accountable, then DO NOT get on television talking tough and forming alliances and making statements that you are going to be tough on crime. We the people are going to hold you to your statements. At least when I called Sheriff Hill for assistance, after not receiving any from the Police Dept., he responded and took care of the situation. At least this man attempted to ACT, but Sheriff Kembrough THINKS that if he comes in and be quiet, he will be okay! I DO NOT THINK SO! I’m a citizen of this county and I demand service, and I WILL put pressure on you if I do not receive it.

Glad to be gone

August 9th, 2009
10:07 am

Worked in Clayton County for 8 years. Saw all of this coming. Not surprised. Nice to see its gotten better HAHAHA! You guys are still imploding and blaming the white guy. Grow up you bunch of fools.

BB

August 10th, 2009
10:59 am

Using your logic that inquiries into Victor going no place – then he must be innocent. Then Kim must be innocent too, by way of inquiries going nowhere. If that doesn’t suit you – you are a hypocrite.

So Vic came to your aid – funny Vic did nothing when “Daddy” Scott threaten people with a pistol and he did nothing with the verbal abuse Scott heaped on any county employee or county resident that had the audacity to stand up to him.

By the by – if you check into Georgia law history, the counties were given the right to form a county police dept. When doing so they limit most of the duties of Sheriff to those surrounding the operations of the courts. The voters gave Lil Vic a resounding NO when it came to the idea of consolidating them – esp under his Napoleonic headcase rule. Lil Vic was the perfect reason to have both.

mano

August 10th, 2009
11:05 pm

Hey Victor2
While part one index crimes collectively (rape, armed robbery, burglary, theft, arson, etc.) that were reported to the FBI are down 6% in Clayton from January-June of 2009, as per Chief Jeff Turner, burglaries and theft are up. See Kimberly’s article Aug 10. Your arguments are moot.

ILIKEVICTOR

August 11th, 2009
6:05 am

BB/Sheriff Kembrough-It’s obvious that you have that switching from lawyer to politician down pat. Once again you convienently side-stepped, dodge, eluded, evaded, refuse to see due to cataracts, my questions concerning your personnel. I not ask you again, but believe me, these questions, along with other ones, will arise again,because INOEWHATYOUAREDOING!

BB

August 11th, 2009
8:50 am

Victor Hill – aka Victor 2 – Amazing that you keep doing what you accuse me of. – I am a supporter of Kembrough – but I would have been a supporter for anyone over Lil Vic except maybe Lee Scott. Any of the eight that ran for Sheriff would have been better. You have yet to refute any of the facts I raise about you – victor. Your assignment is to go over each – not pick and choose – each line . You do not because you cannot. You do not have the capacity to do so. Go back to your new job as a rent-a-cop – ie, security guard. Go survey the premises and get of the company computer.

Jean

August 11th, 2009
2:43 pm

Everyone need to move on what is done is done and gone,FOCUS PEOPLE SCHOOLS NEED TO GET BACK ACCREDITATIONS SO OUR CHILDREN WILL BE PROUD AGAIN,ALL BOARDS NEED TO STOP FIGHTING FOR SENORITY AND TITLES GET TO WORK, HOUSING IS AWFUL PUT IT BACK TOGETHER,GET RID OF ALL BUMS PLEASE NO MORE HEADACHES IT IS WHAT IT IS CLEAN IT UP OR EVERYONE WILL WIND UP WITH NOTHING. EVEN THE CHILDREN GROW UP!

mano

August 12th, 2009
4:13 pm

Jean – Jean – Roses are red – come out of your half-dream Jean.
You are shouting, capital letters. oh yeah – acceditation was regained last May. But way to tell them. You do not get out much – do you.