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Dodge chief deputy reassigned after argument

Dodge County's sheriff says he's temporarily reassigned his chief deputy after a public argument with a friend.

Sheriff Lynn Sheffield said Donald Helms has been shifted off the road to duty at the jail.

He said he's told Helms what steps he needs to take to be "fully reinstated."

He would not go into details, but said, "He's got some hoops to go through."

Sheffield said the argument happened last month while Helms and a group of friends camped and cooked out at a mud-bogging event.

The sheriff said he was not clear on details, because no incident report was ever filed.

He said the argument may have escalated to a physical fight, but no one was injured.

Helms' friend declined to press charges and agrees with the discipline against the chief deputy, Sheffield said.

Sheffield said he's also discussed the matter with District Attorney Tim Vaughn, the GBI and POST, the agency that certifies Georgia law officers. All three have supported his handling of the case, Sheffield said.

And so does Helms, he said: "He's fine with it, he understands the gravity of the situation. He understands he was in the wrong all along."

Todd Lowery, special agent in charge of the GBI's Eastman office, said he and Sheffield consulted on the matter, but the GBI was never asked to investigate. He declined further comment.


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