Alpharetta suspends deputy director of public safety amid investigation

Wes McCall

Wes McCall

Alpharetta's deputy director of public safety has been suspended by the city amid a police investigation into electronic threats and invasion of privacy allegations.
Wes McCall, who also serves on the Forsyth County school board, was placed on administrative leave Wednesday after city officials were alerted to a complaint against McCall that was filed with the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office, said James Drinkard, Alpharetta's assistant city administrator.

“Per our policy, he has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation into the matter,” the statement said. “Once the investigation has been concluded and the facts established, the City will respond appropriately.”

A Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office spokesman said two people filed complaints against several members of the Pleasant Manor Estates homeowner’s association in Cumming.

The complaint, filed Monday, alleges members of the homeowner’s association took photos from some residents’ social media accounts, cropped them and “morphed them into other images.”

The photos were then shared in a group text where members of the homeowners association would comment on them, according to the sheriff’s office report. The complaint names eight members of the subdivision, including McCall’s wife.

Drinkard said the city has not received a copy of the sheriff’s office complaint and that it’s standard procedure for Alpharetta employees to be placed on paid leave until law enforcement and city officials have investigated the claims.

McCall has worked more than two decades for the city. He began his career with the Alpharetta Fire Department in 1999 and was appointed to the role of deputy public safety director in late 2014. He was elected to Forsyth County’s school board last year.

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