Former Sheriff’s Office captain who retired in lieu of termination now the subject of new investigation

David Gibson, a 27-year veteran of the Spalding County Sheriff's Office, is the subject of a new investigation being conducted by the Spalding County District Attorney's Office. Gibson retired in lieu of termination May 21 in the midst of an Internal Affairs investigation pertaining to allegations of sexual harassment, creating a hostile work environment, improper use of the Internet, conduct unbecoming a deputy and violating his oath of office. Photo courtesy of the Spalding County Sheriff's Office.

David Gibson, a 27-year veteran of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office, is the subject of a new investigation being conducted by the Spalding County District Attorney’s Office. Gibson retired in lieu of termination May 21 in the midst of an Internal Affairs investigation pertaining to allegations of sexual harassment, creating a hostile work environment, improper use of the Internet, conduct unbecoming a deputy and violating his oath of office. Photo courtesy of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office.

SHEILA A. MATHEWS :::

David Gibson, formerly a captain of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office who most recently served as head of the Uniform Patrol Division, is the subject of a new investigation being conducted by the Spalding County District Attorney’s Office.

Gibson, age 51, a 27-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office, on May 21 retired in lieu of termination in the midst of an Internal Affairs investigation. Gibson faced allegations of sexual harassment, creating a hostile work environment, improper use of the Internet, conduct unbecoming a deputy and violating his oath of office.

The Internal Affairs investigative report was turned over to Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Scott Ballard in early June, but Ballard said a new allegation has resulted in a delay in determining whether criminal charges will be brought against Gibson.

“There is a little more investigating I think needs to be done before that decision is made,” Ballard said. “There is a very, very thorough Internal Affairs investigation that was turned over to me, but within a couple of days before it was turned over to me, a witness came forward with a new allegation that has not been investigated.”

Ballard said his staff will conduct the initial investigation of the most recent allegation and based on their findings, he will then determine if the Georgia Bureau of Investigation should be brought in to investigate further.

Asked if the as yet uninvestigated allegation was made by an employee of the Sheriff’s Office or a civilian, Ballard said, “Let me just reserve comment on that right now.”

When asked if he has determined whether criminal charges will be brought in connection to the Sheriff’s Office Internal Affairs investigation, Ballard said, “I don’t want to say yet because I think I need to look at the matter as a whole, and the whole hasn’t yet been investigated. I’m going to evaluate the truth and veracity of the late complaint that I received and then determine if there’s a crime to be prosecuted.”

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Comments

  1. Gibson only worked at the Sheriffs Department full time since 2001 he was not a 27 year full time employee as Spalding County Citizens are lead to believe. He’s all been a BULLY and made Fun of other people and treated employees under him like 3rd Class citizens. He should be prosecuted like the criminal he is!

  2. R Hayden DC PhD FICC says:

    Hmmm…stir, heat to boiling, add new allegations, stir some more…and instead of serving, just trickle out small pieces so the public doesn’t get the full flavor…this is the government cooking up transparency. Thanks to the free press for staying on the story. Robert A. Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC Iris City Chiropractic Center Griffin, GA Delegate, State of GA, American Chiropractic Association

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