Victor Hill Has Much to Overcome Before Becoming Clayton County Sheriff Again

Rhonda Cook, Atlanta Journal Constitution, August 22, 2012

Though the votes have been counted and Victor Hill has been elected, in effect, to reclaim the office of sheriff in Clayton County despite 37 pending felony charges, he could be kept from moving into the post on Jan. 1—by the courts or by other sheriffs in Georgia.

“This is a bizarre set of circumstances that just hasn’t happened before,” said Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills, president of the Georgia Sheriffs’ Association.

Sills said Wednesday he expects the sheriff’s association to ask the governor to suspend Hill if he has not been tried by the end of the year. Sills said the association’s leaders have started discussions but no steps can be taken until Jan. 1, when Hill would take office.

Though Hill has only won the Democratic primary, there is no Republican on the November general election ballot.

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Also, Georgia has suspended Hill’s certification as a law enforcement officer, which state law requires all sheriffs to have.

The former homicide detective’s certification was suspended when he was indicted in January. If he takes office on Jan. 1, the law gives him six months to secure Peace Officers Standards and Training Council certification. Until then, “he can’t arrest anybody.” Sills said.

POST has said Hill would not be certified if he is under indictment. No trial date has been set.

Hill, who claimed to be the law-and-order candidate in his race against a sitting sheriff, is charged with felonies including racketeering, theft, violating his oath of office and trying to influence a witness. All the alleged crimes happened during his first term as sheriff, Jan. 1, 2005, through Dec. 31, 2008.

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If the charges are unresolved on Jan. 1, Sills said, he expects the sheriffs’ association will ask Gov. Nathan Deal to appoint a panel to recommend whether Hill should be suspended from office.

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Hill received almost 54 percent of the Clayton runoff votes to the 46 percent for incumbent Sheriff Kem Kimbrough, who won the office from Hill in 2008.

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Hill has insisted that he is innocent of the charges against him.

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The indictment alleges Hill used county cars and county-issued credit cards for vacations, sometimes taking along a woman on his staff who was supposed to have been at work. He also is accused of taking money from his failed 2008 re-election campaign. He could get up to 535 years in prison if he is convicted.

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Sills said he wasn’t surprised Hill won, despite his pending criminal charges, because of “everything I’ve read about Clayton County ever since Victor was elected the first time.

“A sheriff is no better than the community that elects him. … And they get what they deserve as long as it complies with the law.

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[Editor’s Note: According to the Census Bureau, Clayton County is 66 percent black, 15.5 percent white, and 13.5 percent Hispanic. On his first day as sheriff in 2005, Mr. Hill fired 27 white employees and had snipers stand guard on the roof as they were escorted out of the building.]

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  • Up to my neck in CA

    “This is a bizarre set of circumstances that just hasn’t happened before,” said Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills, president of the Georgia Sheriffs’ Association.

    Welcome to B.R.A.

  • refocus

    See, another innocent black man being railroaded by the hatred, ignorance and bigotry of the cancer of all history – The White Man.

  •  And who thought it would be a good idea to give blacks the right to vote?

  • Shawn_thefemale

    “This is a bizarre set of circumstances that just hasn’t happened
    before,” said Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills, president of the
    Georgia Sheriffs’ Association.”

    First off, what a crock. It’s simply business as usual in Clayton County. The first time around the voters in 70% black Clayton Co. elected this 5’2″ chocolate munchkin, he put sharpshooters on roofs of buildings and had 25 white Sheriff’s Dept officers escorted out of the building after he fired them on his first day.

  • APaige

    “Georgia has suspended Hill’s certification as a law enforcement officer, which state law requires all sheriffs to have.” Just another member of the talented 1/10 of 10%. Black leadership…is just a sad, sad joke.

  • JackKrak

    “Though Hill has only won the Democratic primary, there is no Republican on the November general election ballot.”

    I’m curious to know how many such voting districts there are in America where winning the Dem nomination is de facto winning the general election. I wonder if there would be a strong correlation between these districts and their black & brown populations. I wonder…

    •  You’re wondering correctly.

      On the other side of the coin, more and more it’s getting to be the fact that a white district of at least middle class economic means is a district where the Republican Primary is the election.

      The only real swing districts left are the only real swing constituents left, working class whites outside the Deep South.

    • Strider73

      You should have lived in Texas prior to 1980. The “two-party” system was liberal Democrats and conservative Democrats. Until Bill Clements won in 1978, no Republican had been governor since Reconstruction. Also, the legislature and US House delegation were overwhelmingly Democrat. Back then, winning the Democrat nomination for any statewide office equaled winning the election. Their candidate for governor in 1978 thought that was still the case, so he hardly bothered to campaign — and paid the price.

  • anmpr1

     “This is a bizarre set of circumstances…”

    As others have pointed out, it is only bizarre from a White standpoint.  In the context of black logic, and black politics, this is quite normal.  They just be keepin’ it real.

    • The Worlds Scapegoat

       Will the SPLC, NAACP, and the ADL be defending this guy?

  • The Worlds Scapegoat

    Why am I hearing the theme to The Twilight Zone in the background?

  • The Worlds Scapegoat

    Quite a few fellons have become judges, and some have even become federal judges.

     

  •  Specific town, no. But the big picture is that it is ALL over. Blacks CANNOT run anything without screwing it up. Just look at South Africa, and Africa as a whole.   Next, Democrat and black controlled Detroit(Detoilet). Need I say more??????

    • chuck_2012

       and why do blacks continue to vote for convicted felons and people who have criminal tendencies?

      •  I have no idea. One guess is that they don’t want to rock the boat and maybe lose the “gibs me dats”?

  • Sloppo

    This man’s life example and election victory is a good demonstration of why blacks and whites need to live under separate governments.  This man’s kind of leadership is clearly unacceptable for white people, but he is the popular favorite of blacks.  Blacks should not be denied control of their destiny, but whites should not be forced to go down that road.  

  • WOW Nasty black people

  • CharlesFinley

    When Oprah-watching white women are allowed to vote, Kendonesians get elected.

  • Howard W. Campbell

     To answer your question: Why do the negroes keep electing derelicts? In their minds it is:

    “Better to reign in hell than serve in heaven.

    John Milton

  • IKantunderstand

    Excuse me, did you say he was running in Haiti? Zimbabwe? The Congo?  Oh, sorry. I seriously need an afro scorecard.