The POST decision means that Hill can not be arrested or have any disciplinary action imposed against him during the next two years, Powell said. It will not impact his duties as sheriff or the county, Powell added.
The sheriff pleaded no contest to accidentally shooting his friend.
“He’ll still be able to continue as sheriff and carry a gun,” Powell said. He also will still have arrest powers. It also means he’ll be required to take new courses on firearms training and ethics.
Powell said he was “not sure of the last time we’ve placed a sheriff’s certification on probation but we’ve revoked a few.”
The shooting wasn’t the first brush with the law for Hill, a certified officer since 1992.
In July 2013, a Clayton jury acquitted Hill on two dozen racketeering charges stemming from his first term in office, 2004-2008. Prosecutors charged Hill with stealing from taxpayers by using his county issued credit card, county cars and the county gas pump to take a series of personal, romantic trips in 2008 to the Georgia mountains and the South Carolina coast.
The county’s top government official said he knew POST would take some kind of action.
“I respect the POST council’s decision if they deemed it necessary to suspend his certification,”said Clayton Commission Chairman Jeff Turner, a former police chief of Clayton.
The agency’s decision comes nearly two years after the shooting. McCord was shot as Hill reportedly showed her “police tactics.” McCord had numerous surgeries and other procedures. She lost a kidney, spleen and part of her large intestine as a result of the shooting, her father said previously. McCord, her family and Hill maintain that the shooting was an accident.
POST is the regulatory agency for licensing Georgia’s law enforcement officers. The council consists of sheriffs, police chiefs, mayors, and members of city councils from around the state.
Georgia currently has about 58,000 actively working peace officers.