GSP investigation into Commissioner Donnie Smith ongoing

By: Ryan Houston Email
By: Ryan Houston Email
"Certainly there have been challenges, I

Donnie Smith (WRDW-TV)

News 12 at 6 o'clock/ Monday, Sept. 1, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- The investigation into Augusta Commissioner Donnie Smith began in June.

It was not his position as Commissioner up for question, but his full-time job with Georgia State Patrol. Commissioner Smith remained tight-lipped about the situation back in July.

"Certainly there have been challenges. I'm here today on behalf of my constituents representing them in my position as commissioner for Augusta-Richmond County," said Commissioner Donnie Smith.

On Friday, Georgia's Department of Public Safety announced a state board accepted Smith's application for retirement.

Smith is under investigation for an alleged policy violation on the job with Georgia State Patrol.

A source indicates to News 12 that Smith applied for medical retirement, nearly 20 years after being injured in the Atlanta Olympic Bombings.

Through an open records request we got our hands on Commissioner Donnie Smith's employee file. He was making more than $70,000 a year.

Since Smith was on paid administrative leave, he's earned 20 sick hours and 28 vacation hours. News 12 also found in that file dozens of positive remarks about his work performance, any wrecks on the job and training.

The hundreds of pages still don't document why Commissioner Smith is still under investigation.


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