Victor Hill has spent the first months of his second term as Clayton County sheriff reshaping the department and making it his own — much like he did when he began his first four-year term in 2005.
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Staff Writer Tammy Joyner contributed to this report.
Sheriff Victor Hill’s timeline
Jan. 1, 2005 — Assumed the office of sheriff. Terminated 27 employees and had them escorted from the building with snipers posted on the roof.
Aug. 5, 2008 — Hill lost the Democratic primary to Kem Kimbrough, taking 49 percent, or 12,335 votes, to the 13,107 cast for Kimbrough. Hill stops coming to the office.
Dec. 30, 2008 — Hill files for bankruptcy, listing as debts judgements owed as a result of lawsuits brought by employees and others. He leaves office the next day.
Jan. 18, 2012 -Hill is indicted on four counts of racketeering, 29 counts of theft by taking, two counts of making a false statement and one count each of violation of oath of a public officer and influencing a witness. Prosecutors say he used his office and his campaign money for himself and not the intended purposes.
Aug. 21, 2012 — Hill defeats Kimbrough in the Democratic primary runoff, taking almost 13,000 votes, 54 percent.
Oct. 16, 2012 — Clayton judge Albert Collier dismisses five of 37 felony charges against Hill, writing that it is unclear who owns the 2008 campaign funds so Hill cannot be charged with improperly spending them.
Nov. 6, 2012 — Hill wins the general election.
Nov. 26, 2012 — Hill’s trial delayed until the Georgia Court of Appeals determines if the trial judge was correct when he dismissed five of the original 37 charges.
Jan. 1— Hill becomes sheriff again.
Jan. 3 — Gov. Nathan Deal says state law does not allow him to suspend Hill while his criminal charges are pending because the sheriff was not in office when he was indicted.
Feb. 12 — Georgia Court of Appeals hears arguments based on the decision to dismiss five of the original 37 felony counts. Ruling is pending.
How we got the story.
With the 100-day milestone in the second Victor Hill administration approaching, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution began reaching out to current and former employees of the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office as well as residents to get readings on how it is going. Without cooperation from Hill, the AJC depended on documents received through the Georgia Open Records Act and interviews with residents.