However, the requirement to be in good standing could trip up some sheriffs who have gotten into trouble. For example, Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill had his certification put on probation in 2017, although the two-year sanction would have expired by the time Hill ran again in 2020. DeKalb County Sheriff Jeffrey Mann retired in 2019, days before he dropped an appeal and the council revoked his certification.
Some senators questioned whether the move was necessary, but Georgia already imposes a long list of qualifications on sheriff's candidates, including that they be a U.S. citizen older than 25, have a high school diploma, have never been convicted of a felony and undergo a fingerprint check. Robertson also noted that some other elected positions require certain training.
“Is he an attorney?" Robertson asked. "Then he can’t run for district attorney either.”
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