Sheriff’s Office Releases Termination Letters Of Nine Deputies Fired Following Investigation Into Inmate Death

Chatham Co. Sheriff Addresses Issues (Image 1)
Chatham Co. Sheriff Addresses Issues (Image 1)

The Chatham County Sheriff’s Office on Sunday released the termination letters of the nine deputies let go on Friday in the wake of an investigation into the death of 22 year old Mathew Ajibade on New Year’s Day. The letter accepting the resignation of another deputy related to the incident was also released. The letters give no details of how the deputies are believed to have contributed to Ajibade’s death. The termination letters are nearly identical – referring to policy violations and actions or inactions on the part of the deputy that resulted in the death of an inmate. Two exceptions to those letters – involving former Deputies Maxine Evans and Jason Kenny – their letters refer to their actions with no mention of inaction. Those two deputies had been placed on suspension in the days following Ajibade’s death. The letters state that the terminations stand whether or not any action is taken by the District Attorney in the case. Each of the Deputies has seven days to appeal the decision. You can read each of the letters below.

Maxine Evans

Effective today, you are terminated from your employment with the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office. As you are aware, your actions on January 1, 2015 that resulted in the death of an inmate are under investigation by the District Attorney and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

I find sufficient policy violations to terminate your employment irrespective of the outcome of any criminal investigation. In addition to termination, please note that the Sheriff will report this matter to Georgia Peace Officers Standard and Training (POST) Council.

This is to inform you that your employment with the Chatham County Sheriff’s Department is terminated effective immediately. The results of an Internal Affairs investigation regarding the events that led to the death of an inmate on January 1, 2015, which included a review of your conduct, has led to the conclusion that your termination is warranted.

You are directed to turn in your badge, keys, and all other County issued property and equipment, remove any personal belongings you may have, and exit the premises. Your final paycheck will be mailed to you at your home address on file. You can expect a separate package from Human Resources regarding any pension information and eligibility for Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) continuation of group health coverage.

You have 7 days from the receipt of this letter to appeal my decision to Sheriff Al St. Lawrence.

Should you have questions other than the request to appeal your termination, you can contact either Human Resources Director, Carolyn Smalls, or the County Attorney’s Office.

Jason Kenny

Effective today, you are terminated from your employment with the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office. As you are aware, your actions on January 1, 2015 that resulted in the death of an inmate are under investigation by the District Attorney and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

I find sufficient policy violations to terminate your employment irrespective of the outcome of any criminal investigation. In addition to termination, please note that the Sheriff will report this matter to the Georgia Peace Officers Standard and Training (POST) Council.

You are directed to turn in your badge, keys, and all other County issued property and equipment, remove any personal belongings you may have, and exit the premises. Your final paycheck will be mailed to you at your home address on file. You can expect a separate package from Human Resources regarding any pension information and eligibility for Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) continuation of group health coverage.

You have 7 days from the receipt of this letter to appeal my decision to Sheriff Al St. Lawrence.

Should you have questions, you may contact either the Human Resources Director, Carolyn Smalls, or the County Attorney’s Office.

Eric Vinson

Effective today, you are terminated from your employment with the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office. I find sufficient policy violations to terminate your employment. The totality of the circumstances of your employment, to include but not limited to your actions and inactions of January 1, 2015 that resulted in the death of an inmate, merit your dismissal.

The District Attorney is currently reviewing that internal investigation as well as the investigation conducted by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Irrespective of whether or not any action is taken by the District Attorney, I conclude your termination is warranted.

You are directed to turn in your badge, keys, and all other County issued property and equipment, remove any personal belongings you may have, and exit the premises. Your final paycheck will be mailed to you at your home address on file. You can expect a separate package from Human Resources regarding any pension information and eligibility for Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) continuation of group health coverage.

You have 7 days from the receipt of this letter to appeal my decision to Sheriff Al St. Lawrence.

Should you have question other than a request to appeal your termination, you can contact either the Human Resources Director, Carolyn Smalls, or the County Attorney’s Office.

Abram Burns

Effective today, you are terminated from your employment with the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office. I find sufficient policy violations to terminate your employment. The totality of the circumstances of your employment, to include but not limited to your actions and inactions of January 1, 2015 that resulted in the death of an inmate, merit your dismissal.

The District Attorney is currently reviewing that internal investigation as well as the investigation conducted by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Irrespective of whether or not any action is taken by the District Attorney, I conclude your termination is warranted.

You are directed to turn in your badge, keys, and all other County issued property and equipment, remove any personal belongings you may have, and exit the premises. Your final paycheck will be mailed to you at your home address on file. You can expect a separate package from Human Resources regarding any pension information and eligibility for Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) continuation of group health coverage.

You have 7 days from the receipt of this letter to appeal my decision to Sheriff Al St. Lawrence.

Should you have question other than a request to appeal your termination, you can contact either the Human Resources Director, Carolyn Smalls, or the County Attorney’s Office.

Christopher Reed

Effective today, you are terminated from your employment with the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office. I find sufficient policy violations to terminate your employment. The totality of the circumstances of your employment, to include but not limited to your actions and inactions of January 1, 2015 that resulted in the death of an inmate, merit your dismissal.

The District Attorney is currently reviewing that internal investigation as well as the investigation conducted by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Irrespective of whether or not any action is taken by the District Attorney, I conclude your termination is warranted.

You are directed to turn in your badge, keys, and all other County issued property and equipment, remove any personal belongings you may have, and exit the premises. Your final paycheck will be mailed to you at your home address on file. You can expect a separate package from Human Resources regarding any pension information and eligibility for Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) continuation of group health coverage.

You have 7 days from the receipt of this letter to appeal my decision to Sheriff Al St. Lawrence.

Should you have question other than a request to appeal your termination, you can contact either the Human Resources Director, Carolyn Smalls, or the County Attorney’s Office.

Burt Ambrose

Effective today, you are terminated from your employment with the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office. I find sufficient policy violations to terminate your employment. The totality of the circumstances of your employment, to include but not limited to your actions and inactions of January 1, 2015 that resulted in the death of an inmate, merit your dismissal.

The District Attorney is currently reviewing that internal investigation as well as the investigation conducted by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Irrespective of whether or not any action is taken by the District Attorney, I conclude your termination is warranted.

You are directed to turn in your badge, keys, and all other County issued property and equipment, remove any personal belongings you may have, and exit the premises. Your final paycheck will be mailed to you at your home address on file. You can expect a separate package from Human Resources regarding any pension information and eligibility for Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) continuation of group health coverage.

You have 7 days from the receipt of this letter to appeal my decision to Sheriff Al St. Lawrence.

Should you have question other than a request to appeal your termination, you can contact either the Human Resources Director, Carolyn Smalls, or the County Attorney’s Office.

Paul Folsom

Effective today, you are terminated from your employment with the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office. I find sufficient policy violations to terminate your employment. The totality of the circumstances of your employment, to include but not limited to your actions and inactions of January 1, 2015 that resulted in the death of an inmate, merit your dismissal.

The District Attorney is currently reviewing that internal investigation as well as the investigation conducted by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Irrespective of whether or not any action is taken by the District Attorney, I conclude your termination is warranted.

You are directed to turn in your badge, keys, and all other County issued property and equipment, remove any personal belongings you may have, and exit the premises. Your final paycheck will be mailed to you at your home address on file. You can expect a separate package from Human Resources regarding any pension information and eligibility for Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) continuation of group health coverage.

You have 7 days from the receipt of this letter to appeal my decision to Sheriff Al St. Lawrence.

Should you have question other than a request to appeal your termination, you can contact either the Human Resources Director, Carolyn Smalls, or the County Attorney’s Office.

Frederick Burke

Effective today, you are terminated from your employment with the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office. I find sufficient policy violations to terminate your employment. The totality of the circumstances of your employment, to include but not limited to your actions and inactions of January 1, 2015 that resulted in the death of an inmate, merit your dismissal.

The District Attorney is currently reviewing that internal investigation as well as the investigation conducted by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Irrespective of whether or not any action is taken by the District Attorney, I conclude your termination is warranted.

You are directed to turn in your badge, keys, and all other County issued property and equipment, remove any personal belongings you may have, and exit the premises. Your final paycheck will be mailed to you at your home address on file. You can expect a separate package from Human Resources regarding any pension information and eligibility for Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) continuation of group health coverage.

You have 7 days from the receipt of this letter to appeal my decision to Sheriff Al St. Lawrence.

Should you have question other than a request to appeal your termination, you can contact either the Human Resources Director, Carolyn Smalls, or the County Attorney’s Office.

Andrew Evans Martinez

Effective today, you are terminated from your employment with the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office. I find sufficient policy violations to terminate your employment. The totality of the circumstances of your employment, to include but not limited to your actions and inactions of January 1, 2015 that resulted in the death of an inmate, merit your dismissal.

The District Attorney is currently reviewing that internal investigation as well as the investigation conducted by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Irrespective of whether or not any action is taken by the District Attorney, I conclude your termination is warranted.

You are directed to turn in your badge, keys, and all other County issued property and equipment, remove any personal belongings you may have, and exit the premises. Your final paycheck will be mailed to you at your home address on file. You can expect a separate package from Human Resources regarding any pension information and eligibility for Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) continuation of group health coverage.

You have 7 days from the receipt of this letter to appeal my decision to Sheriff Al St. Lawrence.

Should you have question other than a request to appeal your termination, you can contact either the Human Resources Director, Carolyn Smalls, or the County Attorney’s Office.

Debra Johnson

I am authorized on behalf of the Sheriff to accept your resignation which you tendered to me today. I understand you will seek your retirement and the Sheriff will not oppose the same.

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