Commissioner Donnie Smith undecided about leaving commission

By: Ryan Houston Email
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News 12 at 11 o'clock/ Monday, Sept. 8, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- The Augusta Commission could be voting to fill another seat soon.

Commissioner Donnie Smith said he's unsure if he'll step down.

He's been the focus of more than two month investigation on his job where he worked as a Georgia State Trooper. Commissioner Smith recently walked out of a long career with the Georgia State Patrol.

Smith who is currently under investigation for a policy violation retired.

"I applied for retirement a long time ago. It's dealing with health issues and that's all I'm going to say about that," Smith said.

Commissioner Smith was injured during the Atlanta Olympic Bombings and said medical retirement was the safest route to go. He's contemplating leaving the job he was elected to do back in 2012.

"It's a decision that I only I can make and I have determined that my responsibilities on the commission are different than having to be physical with violators on the side of the road," Smith said.

His peers on the commission weighed in.

"I have no idea what's going on with Commissioner Smith. I wish him the best and what ever he chooses to do," Commissioner Alvin Mason said.

"Donnie is good for this city," Commissioner Mary Davis said.

"If it's to the point where he stepped down from the Georgia State Patrol, it must be pretty serious. I hadn't talked to him about it and I support him until I see the details," Commissioner Marion Williams said.

Details of the investigation won't be made public until after it's over. News 12 went through the hundreds of pages in Smith's employee file and couldn't find one write up. The file showed a handful of car accidents, Smith had on the job in which he was cleared in all. We also found dozens of positive remarks and thank you letters.

"I think you have to look at the entire body of the work over 21 years. I think the record you spoke of will speak of itself. I'll have no further comment about my health," Smith said.

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