Facing federal charges for beating a prisoner and lying to federal authorities, Stacy Bloodworth resigned as Sheriff of Wilcox County. Bloodworth began his tenure as Sheriff in 1995.
I’ll say this–on three occasions I have dealt with the Wilcox County Sheriff’s Department and I have nothing positive to say about that department. (I did not deal with them on a personal matter, but in the course of my employment.) I’m not sure how much of that is attributable to Bloodworth’s leadership.
Beyond the present situation, the number of rural Georgia Sheriffs winding up in trouble with the feds is jarring:
In 2008 Telfair County Sheriff Jimmie W. Williamson was charged on counts of bribery and embezzlement and later sentenced to federal prison.
The following year, Jeff Davis County Sheriff Jimmy Boatright pleaded guilty to federal charges of bank and wire fraud and was forced to resign.
Last year Turner County Sheriff Roy Wiley stepped down following a GBI investigation in which authorities say he removed marijuana used to train drug dogs to give to a friend’s wife who was battling cancer.
And then there is Lawton Douglas, former Sheriff of Dodge County, who was convicted in connection with voter fraud. But Douglas didn’t blaze the trail, other Dodge Sheriffs had trouble with votes being being bought and sold.
So what’s the deal with Sheriffs in rural Georgia?