Claims of cursing, threatening jobs revealed Owens' personnel file

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Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014

Gary Owens
Gary Owens is the new director of public safety in Grovetown. (WRDW-TV / June 20, 2012)

GROVETOWN, Ga. (WRDW) -- An open records request by News 12 revealed new information about what may have happened the night two inmates escaped Grovetown's jail.

Included in the personnel file is a report claiming two employees at the jail told HR manager Elaine Matthews that former Public Safety Director Gary Owens cursed at them and threatened their jobs.

Matthews said other employees told her Owens had cursed at them which violates city harassment policies. Matthews also writes that Owens did not get written statements from anyone working the night officers say Joshua Gray and Michael Davis escaped.

Owens was suspended for two days after the escape happened in July and resigned late last month.

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