Wednesday, November 13, 2019

DeKalb County sheriff to resign: media reports

DeKalb County Sheriff Jeff Mann is set to announce on Thursday that he is resigning later this month, after more than five years in the position, according to multiple media reports.
Mann pleaded guilty to obstruction and prohibited conduct two years ago after it was alleged that he exposed himself at Piedmont Park in Atlanta. He admitted that he ran from a police officer before he was arrested.

Mann announced his decision to command staff on Wednesday, WSB-TV reports, with Chief Deputy Melody Maddox set to become sheriff. WGCL-TV says multiple sources have confirmed Mann's intentions. Maddox is the current chief deputy sheriff, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Mann was sentenced to 80 hours of community service and fined $2,000 after the park incident. He was suspended for 40 days by then-Gov. Nathan Deal because of the offense. His certification as a law enforcement officer was revoked by the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council. For more than two years, he has refused calls to resign.

Mann was Chief Deputy in 2014 when he was appointed sheriff because Thomas Brown retired to run for Congressman Hank Johnson's seat. Mann won election to the post in July 2014 runoff. He received more than 76 percent of the vote, defeating former DeKalb County CEO Vernon Jones.