Hannah demotes Babb in sheriff shakeup

Tue, 01/13/2009 - 4:48pm
By: John Munford

When new Fayette County Sheriff Wayne Hannah took over Jan. 1, the process of change began in earnest.

Hannah appointed his command staff, making a few changes at top leadership positions. Among those changes was the demotion of former sheriff’s candidate, Capt. Barry Babb, to the rank of deputy. Babb also was transferred from the Field Services Unit to the jail.

Hannah declined to comment on the circumstances leading to Babb’s demotion.

“That was the command staff’s decision,” Hannah said. “I won’t get into their reasons.”

Babb’s demotion will also have a financial hit as he will no longer be paid as a captain, though he will be at the top of the deputy pay grade, Hannah explained.

Hannah said it is not fair for a person to fill a position that their pay doesn’t match.

Hannah explained that Babb’s switch came from the command staff’s evaluation of current personnel and their strengths and weaknesses. Hannah said he also did not want to move an employee down if it would block another employee who had been serving at the department and kept advancing their career.

The other in-house sheriff’s candidate, Thomas Mindar, will remain a specialist in the Warrants Division, Hannah said. The sheriff noted that Mindar has continued his hard-working ways since coming back on board after the campaign.

Maj. Robert Glaze will be promoted to lieutenant colonel and has assumed command of the Criminal Investigations Division. Capt. Mike Hattaway, who formerly held that position, was transferred to the Court Services Division in the rank of sergeant, Hannah said.

Lt. Mahlon Donald will be promoted to captain and assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division; he previously has been the department’s representative on the Metro Atlanta Fugitive Squad. Donald will be replaced on that unit by Capt. Tommy Pope, who will become a lieutenant, not as a demotion but because that position is a lieutenant’s position, Hannah explained.

Like Babb, Hattaway and Pope will be at the top of the pay grade for their respective ranks, Hannah said.

The department’s field operations and traffic divisions will merge into one division and be headed up by Capt. Bryan Woodie, who will be promoted to major, Hannah said. Woodie was previously Hannah’s second in command in the traffic division.

The previous director of Field Operations, Maj. Tommy Nations, is likely to retire, Hannah said.

Lt. Brian Eubanks will be promoted to captain and will lead the traffic-assigned personnel, Hannah said.

Capt. Charles Cowart will be promoted to major and will assume operations of the Technical Services Division which operates the jail. Lt. Steve Coker, who directly oversees jail operations, will be promoted to captain.

Capt. Larry Whitlock will remain the supervisor of Court Services.

The captain position over the Tactical Narcotics Team, formerly known as the Drug Task Force, will remain vacant for the time being, Hannah said. The position was left vacant by the death of Capt. Mike Pruitt, who succumbed last month after a long bout with cancer.

Hannah said he chose the members of his command staff because they know him and what he expects from them.

“They know how I operate so they can get that going throughout the sheriff’s office probably quicker than me trying to go around, educating everybody else that don’t know me and don’t know how I work.”

Hannah said he also felt the department had become “kind of stagnant” in some areas and he wants the department to gain some forward momentum.

“We can’t just keep sitting here dead in the water,” Hannah said.

In the reorganization, Hannah said he was resolved to not create any new positions for existing staffers.

All promoted employees will have to go through a probationary period at first, he added.

As part of the reorganization, the sheriff’s office will combine the school resources officer and drug abuse resistance education programs. Previously the SROs were part of criminal investigations and the DARE officers were under field operations. They will be led by Capt. Deborah Hannah, the sheriff’s wife, under the field operations division.

Hannah recently held several swearing-in ceremonies for employees and used the events as an opportunity to encourage leadership and other traits he wants to see from employees.

“We don’t have any major issues here,” Hannah said. “With just a little fine tuning I think we can make it better.”

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Submitted by debbiett on Sun, 01/18/2009 - 11:25am.

I can't help but feel wonderful about selling my home in Fayette County last year. There were so many things gone wrong that it was past time to go. Now I see the worst thing yet.....Wayne Hannah as the new sheriff. This is a joke right? If not it is certainly unbelievable. Anyone who has been there for a while surely didn't vote for him. I went to school at the same time as he and to think he is now the sheriff is quite hilarious. He now thinks he has the power and all of you have given it to him. While he was "Barney" he was controllable. Now you have "turned him loose" and you will suffer greatly for it. You are already seeing it in his "cleaning house". It is scarey to think of him even carrying a gun, much less running the law in Fayette. The evidence speaks for itself. He placed his wife in a promotion first off. No favoritism though is there? I will always be happy remembering Fayette County as it was when it was new/fresh. Everything that has changed there over the past years since it was made out to be "the best place to live" has done nothing but drag it down. The money spoke and ruined it. It isn't even a nice place to visit anymore. Good luck to all of you there. You will need it!

Submitted by 1234curious on Sun, 01/18/2009 - 10:32am.

What happened to Captain Littlejohn? Thought she was the "Quarter Master" that ran the Field Operations Division! Did the sheriff's wife push her aside?

Submitted by McGerkin88 on Thu, 01/15/2009 - 12:33pm.

during the Sheriff campaigning, Hannah stated several times and even asked both Babb and Mindar if they would continue to serve and if he should become the next Sheriff would they stay. They both said "yes". Hannah stated that he would be honored to have both of them continue their service. Most of us knew this wouldn't happen. And it hasn't.

We have no gangs, now we do. We have no crime, now we do. Babb now demoted. Mrs. Hannah is now a Captain. I remember a time when Hannah stated he didn't need to clean house, because he works with the best. Now he is cleaning house, and look where and why.

My hats off to you Sheriff Hannah for pulling off a great smoak screened campaign full of good 'ole boy networking, not to mention Randall's endorsement. Now, it's up to you, and so far it aint to good. Your arrogance, in your face intimidation, highschool education is finally being questioned by some of those who highly supported you. Whatja gonna do Sheriff? Probably nothing.

This is a sad, sad event. Sheriff Hannah you have been elected to the highest office in this county and state that allows you great power. Unfortunately, accountable to no one but the voters who will do what? Nothing. Perhaps continue complaining on a local blogging venue. That is another cause to be sad and still living in Fayette County.

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Submitted by WakeUp on Thu, 01/15/2009 - 11:47am.

But he sure has done some stupid things. 1). Asking for a raise just so he won't take a pay cut. That's part of the "benefit" of holding an elected position. 2). Blaming Babb's demotion on the "Command Staff". You are in charge. You nedd to take the heat with the office. It was your decision, or at the very least, it had your cut on it. 3). Promoting your wife. This is close to illegal, if not out right so. How much of her pay increase made up the difference for your pay cut? Your family is ahead.

You have been in office such a short time and you are already turning people against you. Get it straight and be open, or it will be a long 4 years.

Submitted by batman7732 on Thu, 01/15/2009 - 9:26am.

Well,now that Andy has retired Barney is your new sheriff . Enjoy the next 4 years all you idiots that voted for Hannah. People like Randall Johnson and Wayne Hannah are the reason most real Fayette Citizens moved away. Myself and a majority of classmates from FCHS from the 80's haved moved to Coweta. I don't miss being harassed by the Bubba Patrol you call a Police Department.I now live in Turin , no Police and no Redneck Politics. Maybe Babb should run for Sheriff of Coweta , we could use a change for the better.

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Submitted by sam0917 on Thu, 01/15/2009 - 8:47am.

Hey, I have a question or I guess a concern. Why is it okay for Sheriff Hannah (that's hard to say) to approach the county commissioner's and ask them to supplement his pay loss? Why isn't anyone talking about this? See, you have to remember, he was Lt. Col. Hannah before so he took a paycut to become Sheriff. So, to cover that gap the county commissioner's agreed to pay what he'd lost so he'd stay at the same pay he was at as Lt. Col. So, he doesn't have to worry about paying his mortgage on time or feeding himself or anything like that. But, he comes in and promptly promotes and demotes and it seems like the wrong people are getting the worst end of this deal. Why should we as county tax payers be made to make up for his difference in pay but then we have no say over people like Barry Babb being demoted or people like Bryan Woodie and Robert Glaze being promoted? The county commissioner's can say what they want about us as tax payers not having to pay that difference but come on, you know we are because you know it's not going to be paid by them personally. And, one last thing, if Barry's performance is the reason for the demotion by the so called "command staff or board" then why hasn't it been an issue all this time before? We know that Randall Johnson had no problems calling out people for their wrongs or mistakes so why wouldn't he have handled this as well? Probably because there was nothing to handle. Luckily, I didn't vote for Sheriff Hannah (blah) and I don't think he'll be having another term so he might want to enjoy this one while he's on it. Like I said, just food for thought!!!!

Submitted by my2centsfwiw on Thu, 01/15/2009 - 9:15am.

Why is it okay for Sheriff Hannah (that's hard to say) to approach the county commissioner's and ask them to supplement his pay loss? Why isn't anyone talking about this?
I think no one has been talking about it because no one knew. I was coming here to say something about it when I saw your post, so thank you for bringing it up. To me, this is the same as if a new President of the US came to us (the taxpayers) and asked us to pay him whatever he was making before he became President. It isn't like Hannah didn't know what the starting salary was when he decided to run!

As much as I support our current county commission, I am extremely disappointed that they agreed to this.

Submitted by AllKnowing on Thu, 01/15/2009 - 11:17am.

How can you support the current county commission when they do everything in secret such as the raise for Hannah? What about their secret minutes? The citizens need to keep track of this county commission and this sheriff. The county commission has had an "interim" county adminstrator for how long now? This is to skirt the law and allow him to continue with his former salary and benefits. No one has filled his previous position. Who is doing his work in his former position and what are they paid? They want all departments to cut back, but they think nothing of spending $50,000 to remodel the commission chambers and give a $18,000 per year raise to Hannah for the citizens to pay for. The sheriff's dept gets their money from the taxpayers. This is only a drop in the bucket of what is going on. One of the new commissioners resigned from the county to keep from being fired for misusing his county credit card and then the citizens elected him as a commissioner!!! We get what we deserve. Same goes for the new Sheriff. We get what we deserve. Watch Mrs Hannah in her new promotion. Heads will roll under her guidance.

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Submitted by RailHead on Wed, 01/14/2009 - 11:29pm.

Let's be responsibile & do what is right. Although good cops do not necessarily condone the misuse of power by corrupt officers, the brotherhood of law enforcement officers keeps them from condemning the illegal acts. Good cops usually look the other direction and rarely stop the wrongful behavior. By not exposing the corrupt, officers who do not break the law are in fact corrupt. Internal corruption is the illegal acts and agreements within a police department by more than one of the officers. External corruption is the illegal acts and agreements with the public by one or more officers in a department. Police Corruption is defined as the abuse of police authority for personal or organizational gain. Let's do what is right.


Submitted by anonym on Wed, 01/14/2009 - 11:22pm.

The demotions are blatant payback for those who dared to oppose him. That really bothers me. To say that the demotions were the decisions of the newly appointed command staff is duplicitous and cowardly.

Beyond that, the situation with Sheriff Hannah's wife appears to be a violation of Georgia's ethics and conflict of interest statute regarding nepotism. The Georgia Code § 45-10-80 says a public officer "is prohibited from advocating for or causing the advancement, appointment, employment, promotion, or transfer of a member of his or her family...to an office or position to become a public employee...that pays an annual salary of $10,000.00 or more or its equivalent." She has been serving as a lieutenant. When did she become a captain? Even if an argument can be made that she should not be forced to resign just because her husband was elected sheriff, the code prohibits an advancement or promotion under his command. She was over the DARE program, now over the Field Operations Division.

Does Mr. Hannah want to lay that at the feet of his command staff, too? This whole thing is just wrong on multiple levels and in multiple ways.

Submitted by my2centsfwiw on Thu, 01/15/2009 - 9:23am.

She has been serving as a lieutenant. When did she become a captain

Would it surprise you to know that she was promoted just before Johnson (a Hannah supporter) left office? How stupid do they think we are?

A new "Captain" position was created for Hannah's wife, however. Her previous position was a lieutenant's position, with very little responsibility (the DARE program). To justify her rank as Captain, they had to create more responsibility for her, thus the transfer of the SROs to her.

Shall we call in the I-team for this? I say yes. Please. And if the I-team gets more than one call on it, maybe they'll check it out sooner rather than later.

Submitted by anonym on Thu, 01/15/2009 - 4:49pm.

What's the phone number?

Many bloggers on here are dancing around the issue -- this nepotism should be investigated (by more than the local TV folks) because it looks like a violation of State law.

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Submitted by The Crime Dog on Wed, 01/14/2009 - 10:07pm.

If Barry was busted down for no reason he has an excellent lawsuit esp. b/c the loss of pay. It's a demotion and IF it's for no good reason he SHOULD FILE A SUIT.

We'll be waiting for that to happen. If not I guess then we'll know the real truth.

The pit of my stomach fell when I read he was busted down to deputy.

Then I did what any reasonable person would do. I asked someone I trust what the hell happened.

I won't share what I learned since I don't *know* 100% it's the god's honest truth. BUT my friend has never been wrong before about the S.O.

I'd much rather Hannah tell us why Babb was demoted so we'd all know for sure. That would shut most of the complaints up.

Submitted by skyspy on Thu, 01/15/2009 - 9:49am.

Didn't we learn from sheriff walking-small in clayton?

This is why I voted for Babb to begin with. Every deputy I talked to was afraid this would happen. We have already lost some good officers because of this kind of vindictive school boy crap.

We can't afford to work short when we are fighting the kind of worthless thugs coming from the twin sewers of fulton and clayton-crime counties.

Go to Autreys and load up folks, because if we lose anymore good officers we as citizens will be fighting crime on our own.

Submitted by anonym on Wed, 01/14/2009 - 11:57pm.

If Mr. Babb does not sue, what is the "real truth" that we will know?

Maybe it is that he is a "class act" who does not pursue vengeance as others do.

I do not expect Mr. Babb to sue, I do not think we can draw conclusions from a non-action, and I do not expect Mr. Hannah to say anything more insightful or honest than he already has.

Submitted by 30YearResident on Wed, 01/14/2009 - 6:50pm.

Sheriff Hannah ... you "Promote" Woodie and "Demote" Babb and we're suppose to take you serious ?????

I think you just showed your first lack of intellect in a command position.

Woodie is Fayette County's "Barney Fife" ! Nobody takes him serious.

Submitted by lovinit on Wed, 01/14/2009 - 6:42pm.

Hannah has proved to be the best man for the job! Sheriff Hannah and his command staff, I believe, made the best decisions for the FCSO. Congratulations to all who were promoted! It is about time some house cleaning took place and eliminated the dead weight! I am glad that the command staff didn't leave Babb where he was just to satisfy the closed minded bloggers on this site. Barry Babb a christian? Christians don't slander people by declaring untruths about another person. Barry Babb is right where he belongs! He should have thought about the consequences of his actions during the campaign. All of you who take pity on him...get a clue...and a life!

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Submitted by Main Stream on Thu, 01/15/2009 - 12:11pm.

"Christians don't slander people by declaring untruths about another person."

I just love this quote. This must be a joke, right??!!

Why has this discussion devolved into quips about Christians and slander? We really do live in Oz down here in F'ette County.

Submitted by Incognito on Wed, 01/14/2009 - 11:09pm.

Wayne and Barry both go to my church. Are you really going to bring up Christianity? Wayne Hannah is not acting like he is accountable to anyone, including God. Are you telling me that Babb, the loser of an election, who by every account has done a good job, gets his pay cut by 1/3rd? No malfeasance found. No smoking gun, just some "fine tuning" to promote buddies and put his wife in charge. I would call him out in church if I were Stenner. You should get a clue lovinit. How would you like to not make you mortgage because of school yard paybacks? That is what it looks like to me. And I have a life, and a clean conscience.

Submitted by lovinit on Thu, 01/15/2009 - 11:14pm.

How quickly you have all forgotten that Babb was not the only candidate already employed at the Sheriff's Department that ran against Hannah. If Hannah is such a malicious person, why is Thomas Mindar right where he was before? Barry Babb didn't deserve to be in his position. That's funny! We have one thing in common...I have a clear conscience too!

And you should really pay better attention to details before opening your mouth, or turning on your computer rather. I didn't "bring up" Christianity. Another blogger did and I responded.


Submitted by ivory1 on Sat, 01/17/2009 - 9:39pm.

You asked "why is Thomas Mindar right where he was before?" Well lets think about this.....HE IS NOT A THREAT TO HANNAH!! I brought up Christianity because all of them brought up MORAL AND ETHICS AND CHRISTIANITY! They all said they were Christains and Hannah said several times ,all who ran against him would keep their positions. I am smelling you out lovinit. I know somewhere, somehow you work for the sheriff department or are close with Hannah. Like I said before, if Babb did this to Hannah, you would be up-set. I would still have the same feelings, if Babb did this to Hannah. Its not right for anyone "punish" them b/c they ran against you. You may be able to sleep at night and its only because you have a nasty soul. You might be the type that loves drama and conflict. I bet your a negative person at nature. I feel sorry for ppl like you. You need to take a look at yourself and look deep down in your soul and I bet you will not like what you see. It takes a strong person to admit their flaws and do something about it. I feel we need to RESPECT HANNAH, because he is our Sheriff, but what he did was elementary. You have your right to feel anyway you want, but their is a fine line. You went over that fine line, you are having a party and are VERY HAPPY that BABB got everything taken away. What would you do lovinit ,if it happend to you? Don't say it will never happen, because you never know what the future holds. Well I said my 2 cents. You can come back saying nasty things about me b/c of what I just worte, and thats ok....you need to vent...let it go and you will feel better.

Submitted by iDidntDoit on Sun, 01/18/2009 - 10:30am.

I believe you are right about lovinit working at the SO. I used to work there a couple of years ago and one person in particular used that phrase all the time. He is such an *** kisser, you could see his eyes through his supervisor's nose!!! That's how far up the *** he goes.

Submitted by my2centsfwiw on Sat, 01/17/2009 - 11:37pm.

I feel we need to RESPECT HANNAH, because he is our Sheriff,

I will show him respect based on his position, but I have no respect for the man at all. I've found myself in similar positions with various Presidents of the United States, but didn't have the opportunity to interact with them like I may Sheriff Hannah.

Submitted by ivory1 on Wed, 01/14/2009 - 8:56pm.

LOVINIT.....you must be part of Hannahs suck ups or one of his boys. You might of been one of these guys who was trying to get in with Babb and you were shut off or got a ticket from one of them. You are pissed off with Babb and thats why you feel he deserves to be punished. Anyone who feels that they can get revenge with their own hand is a fool, because revenge is from GOD not humans. You are no better and if this happend to Hannah you would be bashing Babb. So LOVINIT keep gloating and living it up. Have your victory party and soon it will be your turn to suffer. What goes around comes around. Anyways Babb would have won if Dave Simmions did not run. Remember, Hannah only won by 500 votes.

Submitted by IMNSIO on Wed, 01/14/2009 - 7:17pm.

Barry's a good guy who possibly was in over his head. He certainly didn't deserve this sort of retaliation, its just ugly and a bad sign of what's to come. And if you were looking for a Christian, Hannah wasn't the way to go.

Woodie deserved to be put in court services, not promoted to Major. That move alone has cost Hannah my vote forever.

This article fails to mention that Major Nations was abruptly told to clean his office with no cause for his demotion. Don't forget folks, these people are being paid with tax dollars, which means they are entitled to due process. Meaning hearings about what they have done to cause them to lose a job right should be conducted where they should be allowed to face what they are accused of before that job right is taken away.

If not for the bad economy we probably would experience a mass exit of employees. The truth is jobs are scarce and most will stay but morale will hit the toilet. There's a good chance Woodie will too because a lot of those uniform guys won't put up with his crap (I had a better word but Cal wouldn't have allowed it.)

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Submitted by PTC_New_Native on Wed, 01/14/2009 - 5:20pm.


What is the process to initiate a recall? This is silly. If there was an active disciplinary issue, it should be made known. If not, this is nothing short of a vendetta. I certainly do not need one with ego issues in charge of a Law Enforcement Department.

The More I learn, the Less I know

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Submitted by Gene61 on Fri, 01/16/2009 - 1:53pm.

You can start a basic recall at this site and go from there, if you're intersted in starting the process. Most use this method now, some still do the old fashioned door to door process.


Problem with this is, how many people in Fayette County have taken the time to read about the Sheriffs actions or even know about what the new sheriff has done in such a short time in office?

Given how many people in the community don't even take time to read the paer and get their news in quick sound bites on the news, makes me wonder if people would even take the time to sign a recall petition.

Submitted by ivory1 on Wed, 01/14/2009 - 4:46pm.

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Submitted by GeorgiaGal on Wed, 01/14/2009 - 4:22pm.

Congratualations Woodie! All you folks that have lived here for years...I've been here for 26, and I have confidence in Sheriff Hannah, after all, he did work under Johnson for all those years. How about ya'll give him the benefit of the doubt! Give the new Sheriff time to get things in order and you boys keeps your cool!

Thank ya sugah

Submitted by AllKnowing on Thu, 01/15/2009 - 11:31am.

Honey, you sound like an utter fool. "after all he did work under Johnson". What does that mean? Babb and all the others worked under Johnson. They were not the only ones "under" Johnson. He was no saint and many know it. So don't hold him up as an example. As for "time to get things in order" - do you think promoting his wife will get things in order. May be illegal. Time to get more vengence would be more like it. Move over Victor Hill - Hannah will join you in four years. That is if he makes it four years,

Submitted by mom830 on Thu, 01/15/2009 - 9:53am.

GeorgiaGal I was willing to give Hannah the benefit of a doubt, but in 2 weeks he has demoted many people out of vengence. He received an increase in pay so that he maintained the same wage he was earning as Lt. Col. and his wife got a raise and promotion. Funny how that happened right before Johnson, a Hannah supporter, left office. Can we say Gool Ol' Boy Network? Finally, after 30+ years of service Major Nations wasn't even given so much as an up yours on his last day (he was forced out). The staff under him pooled their own personal money together to give recognition to him for all his time with FCSO. That is the type of man you have elected.

Submitted by juno988 on Fri, 01/16/2009 - 1:47pm.

The sad thing here is that this same senario has happened to Major Nations before. For supporting a relative's un-successful campaign for Sheriff and then getting demoted from head of CID to the jail. I think the good Major had all he could stand.....An employee should not lose pay for simply backing the wrong candidate - No other county department has that hanging over their heads....."BABB in 12"

Submitted by my2centsfwiw on Thu, 01/15/2009 - 9:33am.

GeorgiaGal, I think you represent too many Fayette County voters who really don't know what is going on and so really shouldn't speak of what you don't know. You assume that just because Hannah worked under Johnson, he is a good man. Please remember that Bruce Jordan also worked under Johnson for many years, and was actually being groomed by Johnson to be Sheriff, but look what happened to him. Jordan's corruption was not a surprise to anyone in the dept, including the Sheriff. Neither is Hannah's.

(BTW, I've been here longer than you. No "benefit of the doubt" from me.)

Submitted by IMNSIO on Thu, 01/15/2009 - 11:25am.

He's just blinded for some reason when it comes to Woodie. Uniform Patrol will be afraid to speak their mind about Woodie, except for maybe to Mrs. Hannah. As bad of a taste as her promotion leaves in allot of peoples mouths she is actually a very approachable person who is easy to talk to. She may be able to talk some sense into her husband if Woodie gets any further out of hand than her already is.

Submitted by AllKnowing on Thu, 01/15/2009 - 11:41am.

corrupt - he just acts that way.

Submitted by IMNSIO on Thu, 01/15/2009 - 11:23am.

Is not worth 2 cents. You should change your screen name.

Submitted by Teilnehmer on Wed, 01/14/2009 - 4:44pm.

Mr. Hannah cannot be shamed. Mrs. Hannah is the boss and will run the dept. He is whipped. I saw him at a forum and thought he was plain dumb. Next Mrs. Hannah will have everyone face the wall when she enters like her counterpart in Clayton County aka "Walking Tall" Victor Hill. This department is a joke. Randall should have gone on several years ago. Then he promised not to endorse anyone in the race and turned around and endorsed Hannah. Randall has no shame either. It is plain scary to see who is in charge. Babb should sue.

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Submitted by Gene61 on Wed, 01/14/2009 - 4:11pm.

Well.... my suspicions/fears are confirmed; we did NOT have a viable candidate for Sheriff, so we're stuck with this clown. Political payback is driving the changes in the dept. Now that one the best Sheriffs has retired, hopefully the dept will not join the ranks of Clayton county and the ole boys network.

These moves are designed to force people hands and to weed out people this new sheriff simply doesn't like. This county will miss Randall for sure. Nations will retire and not stick around while Hannah screws up a dept thats often called one of the best around.

“We don’t have any major issues here,” Hannah said.

Then why mess with something thats working? Good job Hannah, you'll see more good deputies leaving soon.

Submitted by ronricks on Wed, 01/14/2009 - 11:00am.

this is typical. There have been crooks running the Fayette County Police Department for years. Fayatte will soon be just like Clayton County give it 5 more years. The schools will be garbage, crime will be through the roof (all ready is) and your property values will sink by the year. Glad I moved away. Where is Bruce Jordan now anyway? He was the biggest crook of them all.

Submitted by NSHB on Wed, 01/14/2009 - 2:22pm.

If you can't keep the easy details straight you can't comprehend the big picture and probably not much else either. We're glad you moved away too.

The Sheriff's employees for now are not crooks. Sheriff Johnson would never have allowed that. One of his strongest qualities was his quick judge of character (I'm sure he has you sized up already)

The quality of the employees is the biggest strength of the Sheriff's Office. Bryan Woodie will most likely run them all off. Hannah should know that, I'm surprised he's going to allow it.

Submitted by Nitpickers on Wed, 01/14/2009 - 2:42pm.

I don't know any of these people, but I did see on the National News where Metropolitan Atlanta and it's environs, is now the major distribution center for the eastern USA.
Even the street vending is now mostly Mexican!

Apparently we are about ten years behind in throwing those guys out of here!
We don't catch .000000001% of the incoming!

Too much attention in the departments about jobs and supervisors and not enough investigation!
We should have hired some out of town experts!

Submitted by NSHB on Wed, 01/14/2009 - 2:57pm.

I read my latest blogs and never found myself use the term "wonderful deputies" I expect they would beat my a.. I mean butt if I called them wonderful, most of them are men you know (except for the Sheriff's wife). What are you a girl?

I think I said good employees. And I think they are. I also don't blame them for the number of Mexicans which seem to irritate you so badly but serve an awesome Mexican hot plate. Guess you never needed a good taco or worker to clean your yard and gutters. Cheer up, there will be a good brick or fat girl for you to lay somewhere down the road.

Submitted by tikigod on Wed, 01/14/2009 - 1:00pm.

"Fayatte will soon be just like Clayton County give it 5 more years."

Sorry, it wont happen. People have been saying that for the last 10 years, probably more. It may change, but it won't ever be nearly as bad as Clayton. (Unless there is a massive economic collapse) Simple reason, Clayton has always had a ton of cheap, poorly built starter homes. Fayette's homes are significantly more expensive. There may be areas that go down the tubes, but not the county as a whole, its too nice.

On the sheriff issue, this is disgusting. I know neither personally, but this is a power trip. I lost respect for the sheriff today, hope he does something else stupid so we can recall him (if possible).

Submitted by Insayn on Wed, 01/14/2009 - 7:18pm.

It is like Clayton County, But Clayton County has gotten even worse over 10 years. You just dont wake up one morning and the standard be 5 murders a day, crime rates go up slowly.

If I remember correctly Clayton County wasn't all that bad 15 years ago.

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Submitted by Tug13 on Wed, 01/14/2009 - 10:37am.

I'm just shaking my head. This just doesn't look right. Seems like you demoted and humiliated Barry Babb because he ran against you. If that's the case you should be ashamed. We need all the good experienced deputy's we can get to keep crime out of Fayette County.


Submitted by lion79 on Wed, 01/14/2009 - 1:35pm.

He should be ashamed Tug...but the man has already demonstrated that he cares only for himself. If he would do this to fellow officers why should we think he cares about this county.....

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Submitted by MajorMike on Wed, 01/14/2009 - 9:58am.

Well.... my suspicions/fears are confirmed; we did NOT have a viable candidate for Sheriff this last time around. Mindar was the only candidate offering much needed change and he didn’t have a chance of winning. My personal choice was to "write in" Mickey Mouse.

I always thought that things could not get much worse than they were when Brucie was running the show - I was wrong. It appears that Hannah is just as vindictive and self centered.

All of this mess falls directly at the feet of Randall Johnson. He kept Bruce Jordan at least twenty years past the point where he should have fired him and then cans him for a bogus reason rather than tell the truth about Brucie ignoring the warning about his war with the County Commission. Then when Randall Finally retires (about eight years after he really retired), he endorses Hannah. He would have done much better to stay out of it.

Law Enforcement is a business. Like any other business it can be either well or poorly run. The Fayette County SO has not run well for over a decade and most of us have kept silent about it because, as conservatives, we want to be perceived as "law enforcement" supporters. With our society devolving at an ever increasing rate, the policies of the past are NOT going to work.

Hannah and company desperately need to wake up and smell the roses.

Submitted by NSHB on Wed, 01/14/2009 - 2:32pm.

chance to run the uniform division before I would Woodie. Keep your job and paycheck Babb, Wayne will come to his senses. It seems as though he's just mad right now. He usually calms down.

Why is Bruce's name being thrown around so much all of a sudden? Does he have anything to do with any of this?

Submitted by FetGuy on Wed, 01/14/2009 - 9:50am.

Barry is three times the man that Hannah claims to be! Hannah, you ought to be ashamed for doing this to an outstanding public servant like Babb! I hope you can't sleep at night! And to blame it on someone else is unbelievable. We all know it was your decision and yours alone. In 2012 I will fight like hell to defeat you!

Submitted by lion79 on Wed, 01/14/2009 - 1:03pm.

The citizens of this county need to wake up and smell the roses. We elected this man, who after only two weeks in power has demonstrated that he cares nothing about his men or this county. This man stated in front of the whole county that the slate would be wiped clean after the election. He has wiped it clean by enacting vengeance on anyone who opposed him!! People are already saying that we must defeat Hannah in 2012. What will be left to salvage in four years!! Look what Hill did to clayton in four years. Hannah has already destroyed our sheriff's office in two weeks!! Not only have we already lost the only command staff at the dept. with any integrity and courage, they have been replaced by those members of the dept. who care nothing about the county or the deputies on the road who do the actual crime fighting.If you want a real picture of the changes at our sheriff's office talk with the deputies who are right in the middle of all this. Morale is as low as it's ever been. The vengeance shown towards Capt. Babb brought the dept. to it's knees. Babb had 95% of the support of the deputies for a reason. Prepare yourself for the mass exodus that is coming of all of our quality deputies and investigators. How can we expect them to stick around and protect our families when their careers and families are in jeapordy under their new administration. I have lived in this county for twenty years and it has been a great place to raise a family. I am disgusted that all that has now changed. The citizens of this county do not realize that the sheriff's office was the last stronghold we had against clayton co. and fulton co. Unfortunately that is all gone now under sheriff Hannah. If you value your property value and your children's education, you better get out now! People have been saying that Clayton is coming for years now. Well get ready because Clayton is HERE!...and Hannah opened the Door!!!

Submitted by juno988 on Tue, 01/13/2009 - 11:45pm.

I can assure you had Barry won the election, we would not be reading this same type of garbage! Barry would have made some changes, but he would have been fair and equitable..The County will lose good men over this and that is the real shame. The Sheriff's office will never replace the caliber of officers like Babb, Hattaway, Nations, etc. What comes around, goes around - Watch out in 2012 those recent promotions and your 20 plus years, etc. will be bumped down to Deputy pay - Better play it neutral - "BABB in 12" mpif14

Submitted by mysteryman on Wed, 01/14/2009 - 7:42pm.

By 2012 it will be to late, Riverdale and College park have long since occupied everything north of the pavillion, now with this misdrection in the sheriffs office, the thugs and playas will be free to roam and infiltrate all the way to the next county down the line. Enjoy as the west bypass runs full circle to hwy 138, allowing even more easy access to those who wish to pillage, and plunder. Enjoy as you sit on your front porch and listen to the sound of bass from the passing cars, with all their bright colors and spinning wheels. Watch as pawn shops and rental centers sprout on every corner. Just ask ol homes hangin out under the street light, im sure he will be glad to enlighten you as to what time it is by then. THIS IS IT. THE MOMENT THEY HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR....GOD BLESS

Submitted by IMNSIO on Wed, 01/14/2009 - 12:52am.

Woodie Wayne, really, Woodie???? Woodie??? We all thought you were too smart to go there. Capt. Hannah, talk to the man. Woodie? Try Eubanks or anyone other than Woodie. Who's going to have to pay for his growing gunbelt?

Submitted by NSHB on Tue, 01/13/2009 - 11:45pm.

I would never compare you to Victor Hill but now that it's already been done, I will have to chime in. The one comparison, and lesson you should have learned is, he was a one term Sheriff. You had the potential to be so much better.

Glaze was moved from CID because he sat at his desk all day waiting to see how many crimes he could solve sitting there. Sheriff Johnson used to walk in and ask him "How many people turned themselves into you today while you sat here?"

I have no problem with your wife's position, she should not be punished because of your ambition, she's a good employee. But I do take issue with a hundred or so other employees who you've put under the dictatorship of Brian Woodie.

He's an idiot you yourself wrote up for his lack of credibility. That, and his own actions, ruined his stature within what is now your department. Your attempt to make him credible ruins yours.

Mahlon Donald's promotion, although well deserved, is nothing but your attempt to shore up Glaze's incompetence.

I lost all respect for Glaze when he would literally cuss out his own jailers in front of their prisoners, subjecting them to ridicule from those prisoners until they were released.

I'm sure you believe he serves you well giving you the applause you want to hear. You would be better served listening to those who are not applauding as well. One of Sheriff Johnson's greatest strengths was that he listened to both.

Submitted by mysteryman on Tue, 01/13/2009 - 10:24pm.

"They are either with us, or they are against us." Mace Windu. Cheif of the Jedi Knights...Welcome to the Galaxy not so far far away...GOD BLESS>...

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Submitted by sniffles5 on Tue, 01/13/2009 - 10:20pm.

Is "the Command Staff" Captain Deborah Hannah's radio callsign?

It would explain a lot......

Submitted by ROSEBUD on Tue, 01/13/2009 - 10:16pm.

The previous director of Field Operations, Maj. Tommy Nations, is likely to retire, Hannah said.


Submitted by NSHB on Wed, 01/14/2009 - 12:08am.

If you are looking at the mansion he lives in, it was not paid for by any hard work of his own. Wayne's mother and father both had good jobs, made good money, and passed before their time. Wayne obscenely spent their money quickly after their demise.

Submitted by ROSEBUD on Tue, 01/13/2009 - 10:01pm.

Hannah said it is not fair for a person to fill a position that their pay doesn’t match.
Hannah explained that Babb’s switch came from the command staff’s evaluation of current personnel and their strengths and weaknesses. Hannah said he also did not want to move an employee down if it would block another employee who had been serving at the department and kept advancing their career.

Submitted by NSHB on Wed, 01/14/2009 - 12:11am.

Whoever wrote this intended it to sound as if it was coming from a guy we call Rosebud at the SO. I know this wasn't written by that man.

Submitted by mysteryman on Tue, 01/13/2009 - 10:14pm.

Were snipers on the roof during the exchange of power. Can you say Clayton County come on down......PEACE

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Submitted by Git Real on Tue, 01/13/2009 - 7:13pm.

“That was the command staff’s decision,” Hannah said. “I won’t get into their reasons.”?

To quote Atlanta's own Nipsey Russell.... Riiiiight.

officers were under field operations. They will be led by Capt. Deborah Hannah, the sheriff’s wife, under the field operations division.


If it looks like, smells like, tastes like, then it must be {{{Edited}}}

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Submitted by The Wedge on Tue, 01/13/2009 - 6:45pm.

Great Sherriff Hannah... way to look as corrupt as they come. Create a small resource empire and put your wife in charge. Is this part of the Victor Hill playbook? Babb, by all accounts, did a good job. Shakeups for paybacks. Yeah, that stuff wont come back to haunt you. I never really paid attention to sherriff politics and/or corruption. It is time for me to start.

Submitted by IMNSIO on Wed, 01/14/2009 - 1:06am.

Nepotism is the least of Hannah's (and now our) problems. Hannah had a large talent pool to tap into thanks to Sheriff Johnson. Unfortunately he appears to have stepped into the kiddie pool to form his staff. Glaze...pleeze, where's Rose or any other Lieutenant; road division or where ever.

Babb did nothing other than throw his name into the ring as a choice for Sheriff. For that he is now reduced from a Captain to a jailer. Lots of class Hannah. A bigger person would have left Babb alone, your point was made with your election. Your promotions and demotions after the election are making you smaller than life, leaving us all less than impressed.

Submitted by intheknow on Wed, 01/14/2009 - 11:05am.

I don't personally know either Mr. Hannah or Mr. Babb, although I did vote for Mr. Babb for Sheriff. I based my decision on the fact that he supervised a considerably larger division of the department, and what was out in election propaganda seemed that both men were qualified for the position. Now it appears the one that won has some vendetta's to those that opposed him, and is wasting valuable knowledge and experience in taking the command of the patrol division and putting him into the jail, in a demoted position - can I say shades of Victor Hill (Clayton County). Now I'm wondering how much this is going to cost us (the taxpayers) in inevitable lawsuits that I'm sure such moronic actions will evoke. It's a shame we're looking more and more like Fayettedale every day, not only in appearance, but in the actions taken by our elected officials. Did Mr. Hannah also put the sharpshooters on the roofs?

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Submitted by FayetteBorn on Fri, 01/16/2009 - 4:04pm.

And Now Waynne Hannah has put Barry in a position where he can do the least good for us while still being on the force. Shame on you Wayne Hannah!
Barry Babb keep your head up, you are a gentleman.

Love simply, Love generously,
Care deeply, Speak kindly and
Leave the rest to God.

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Submitted by sniffles5 on Fri, 01/16/2009 - 4:10pm.

I would have understood (not "liked", but understood) if Hannah had reduced Babb one paygrade down to Lieutenant.

Busting Babb all the way down to deputy, however, was the action of a petty, vindictive, insecure little man.

I hope this gross lapse in professional judgment is not a portent of things to come.
Palin-Nugent 2012

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