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Metro Atlanta Sheriff Takes Office Despite Felony Charges

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ATLANTA (AP/WAOK) – Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill has taken office with the start of the new year, despite facing a felony indictment.

Hill took office on New Year’s Day, reclaiming the office he lost in 2008.

Officials say he almost immediately dispatched deputies to set up roadblocks early Tuesday to catch drunken New Year’s drivers.

The Georgia Sheriffs’ Association has said it would like Gov. Nathan Deal to appoint a review commission to look into whether Hill should be suspended.

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.

Hill has been indicted on 32 felony charges stemming from a prior term he served as sheriff from 2005 to 2008. He maintains that the charges are politically motivated.

Despite the legal troubles, Hill won a comeback bid in the November elections.

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