The investigation found Medlin neglected his duty and “approved inflated and inaccurate overtime sheets,” including overtime when Hearst was working jobs in other states.
Hearst is accused of five charges of misconduct, including heavily inflated overtime pay. A report specifically cites Hearst’s failure to use his leave time while working outside jobs. Investigators determined he failed to sign in and acknowledge more than 200 items awaiting his attention. Some of the items had been sitting at the office since 2013.
Channel 2 reported Hearst was paid $75 an hour by the Law Enforcement Training Institute as an instructor while allegedly collecting his county salary. His W-2 forms showed he made between $14,000 and $17,000 from the institute. He also reportedly made $6,300 from the U.S. Humane Society while also being paid by DeKalb.
In a statement to Channel 2, DeKalb CEO Michael Thurmond’s office said: “The county will cooperate with any further investigation other agencies may deem appropriate. DeKalb County takes seriously any employee acts that violate the public trust and our fiduciary responsibility.”