Signs of Trouble?

By: Domonique Benn
By: Domonique Benn

October 13, 2005
Problems for Charles Hutto began long before he started at the Richmond County Board of Education. The former Richmond County deputy was fired from the sheriff’s office earlier this year after a disciplinary board said he used excessive force in the jail. And then he was hired as a Board of Education Resource Officer. And many are wondering how?

Former Richmond County Deputy Charles Hutto had a good personality, he was polite and gentle. But obviously there were some problems.

“I found Mr. Hutto at the time in a patrol vehicle in a uniform holding a weapon to his head,” said Chief Sid Hatfield.

Chief Sid Hatfield was able to talk Hutto into surrendering the gun, and then he drove him to the hospital.

After being cleared to go back to work by a doctor, Hutto returned to work. But he was placed in the jail and problems continued.

“It was in fact for manner of conduct and unnecessary force, he was terminated about that time,” Hatfield said.

Shortly after the Richmond County Board of Education then hired Hutto as a public safety officer assigned to T.W. Josey High School.

“They did inquire about Mr. Hutto and we did provide them with the info they requested,” Hatfield said.

But according to the sheriff’s office the BOE requested only employment verification in April of this year. And after several complaints to the BOE, the Board of Education decided to do a background check months after Hutto was hired.

“Obviously you don’t want to hire somebody without knowing something about that individual and their background,” Hatfield said.

News 12 requested comment from the Board of Education today. They declined to go on camera, but told us to email our questions and they would email the answers back. Our questions were emailed to them shortly after 12:30 and there are still no answers.

How was Hutto able to keep his certification after he was fired from the sheriff’s office in February? That is completely up to the Georgia Peace Officer Standards or Training Council, or POST. Most people know that as the place that certified a law enforcement office to exercise law enforcement duties like arrests and carrying a department issued gun. Currently POST is investigating the Richmond County incident that happened in the hail. Until that time, Hutto is still certified. If they decide to revoke Hutto’s law enforcement certification, he would not be able to exercise law enforcement duties, he would lost arrest power and not even carry a gun issued by the department.

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