Victor Hill takes sheriff's office despite felony charges
By ASSOCIATED PRESS
Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill (WAGA-TV file photo)
Embattled Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill is back on the job. The sheriff began serving a second term this week, even though he faces felony racketeering and corruption charges dating back to his first term in office.
Hill has maintained a low profile during his first days in office. FOX 5's Deidra Dukes was told that the new sheriff was out of the office meeting with constituents.
In the November elections, Hill reclaimed the job he lost to Kem Kimbrough four years ago.
The sheriff won office while under indictment on felony corruption and racketeering charges stemming from his first term in 2004.
Hill maintains the charges are politically motivated, but the Georgia Sheriff's Association has asked Gov. Nathan Deal to suspend hill and appoint an interim sheriff while his case plays out in court.
A spokesman with the governor's office says Deal plans to take a look at the case, given the unique circumstances, but isn't commenting at this time.
The governor could appoint the state attorney general and two sheriffs to review the matter and make a recommendation as to whether or not he should suspend Hill.
The court of appeals is expected to hear arguments next month.
In the meantime, the self-described "crime-fighter" is back at the helm as the criminal case winds its way through the courts.
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