Q&A on the News

Q: Is DeKalb Sheriff Jeff Mann receiving pay during his suspension?

—Mattie Jones, Decatur

A: Mann is being paid during his 40-day suspension, which stemmed from his indecency arrest in May.

State law is silent on whether a suspended sheriff should be paid during his suspension, said Georgia Sheriffs’ Association Executive Director Terry Norris.

“The presumption is it’s with pay,” Norris said.

The association is considering proposals that would push for changes in state law next year, Norris said. Ideas under consideration include clarifying whether suspended sheriffs should be paid, lengthening the maximum amount of time a governor may suspend a sheriff or increasing the ability of a district attorney to seek a sheriff’s removal from office, he said.

On June 12, Gov. Nathan Deal suspended Mann for 40 days. Mann has pleaded not guilty to charges of indecency and obstruction.

Q: Do all three of the contestants on “Jeopardy!” get to keep the money they won?

—Skip French, Sautee

A: The second- and third-place contestants do not keep the money they win during the game, Alison Shapiro, a publicist for “Jeopardy!” told Q&A on the News via email. Instead, they receive set prizes of $2,000 and $1,000, respectively.

The first-place winner keeps their winnings and returns for a chance to play for more money on the next episode. Ken Jennings, who set a record in 2004 for most consecutive “Jeopardy!” games with 74 appearances, won over $2.5 million.

Fast Copy News Service wrote this column; Joe Youorski and AJC staff writer Mark Niesse contributed. Do you have a question? We’ll try to get the answer. Call 404-222-2002 or email q&a@ajc.com (include name, phone and city).

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