GRIP Exclusive: Spalding County Marshal Smart Web currently under GBI investigation


Spalding County Marshal Smart Web is currently under criminal investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. The investigation was initiated prior to Web being hired to head up the newly created Spalding County Marshal’s Office.

In response to an Open Records request, the city of Woodbury confirmed Web is a subject of the GBI investigation.

The case is related to his employment as chief of police in the city of Woodbury, a position Web held immediately prior to being hired by Spalding County.

“There is currently an ongoing investigation involving Mr. Webb (sic) so we cannot provide any information at this time,” said Woodbury Assistant City Clerk Deondra Stevenson.

GBI records indicate the investigation was requested by the Coweta Judicial Circuit and is related to theft.

“On Friday, January 21, 2022, the Coweta Judicial Circuit requested GBI assistance with the preliminary review of allegations of criminal conduct regarding various departments of the City of Woodbury. The investigation is ongoing,” read the face sheet of GBI Agent Devin Evans’ case file.

The GBI record cited Dec. 1, 2021, to Jan. 21, 2022, as the incident date related to this investigation, which was opened Feb. 3.

Spalding County Manager Steve Ledbetter, previously the city of Woodbury’s mayor and chief executive officer, knew Web and recommended him for the position in the Marshal’s Office.

“Code enforcement continues to be a top priority for the Spalding County Board of Commissioners and my experience working with Smart in Woodbury assures me we have the right leader in place to help us improve those efforts. Our number one goal is to make this county a better, safer place to live, and we believe this is a big step in the right direction,” Ledbetter said in a March 7 press release announcing Web had been hired as Spalding County marshal.

That press release cited Web’s responsibilities as “enforcing all federal and state laws related to public safety and welfare, including county codes, zoning, environmental ordinances, building codes and licenses,” as well as issuing code compliance notices, official correction notices and issuing citations and summonses to code violators.

The Marshal’s Office also oversees the Animal Control Department.

Web reports directly to Ledbetter.

Confirmation of the GBI investigation was sought from Ledbetter, who said, “I can’t confirm anything about their investigation.”

Ledbetter went on to say he has not been contacted about the GBI investigation related to Spalding County Marshal Smart Web and that he had no knowledge Web was under GBI investigation.

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  1. Geez, so we have 2 more crooked folks running things here, well they should feel right at home then.

  2. John smith says:

    He is the man for the job. Only 2000 people signed the petition last time he was in control of fighting..

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