Ugly and Negative Campaign Letter in Sheriff's Race
I am not a person that could be labeled a political activist be anyone I know; I tend to take political things with a grain of salt. Until this past Monday I have never had a reason to write to the newspaper. On Monday, when I opened my mailbox I found an unsigned two paged Xeroxed typed attack letter that was so ugly in tone that I can’t bring myself to repeat some of the vile things in it. Worse still was that a couple things in it were specific and outright lies that I know to be that personally.
Ironically my son received an email Monday night that was forwarded several times before reaching his email box at home containing the same information; he had the ability to reply directly to the person who sent it to him, I could not.
That letter began with this statement “I noticed you had a Wayne Hannah sign displayed. I wanted to share some information on our Sheriff you may not be aware of.” Well, I can’t tell that person directly what I know to be incorrect about their letter, but I can say here what I know to be true and what I have learned to be the whole story behind their half truths.
Let me be clear, I have learned what the Georgia Open Records Act is and how it works. I have received information for two of the five requests I have made checking the information in this coward’s letter left in my mailbox unsigned. I will post my information on the remaining as soon as I receive it.
The person who wanted to educate on our Sheriff said that Sheriff Hannah had promoted his wife Captain Hannah to second in command at the Sheriff’s Office and both of them have received numerous pay raises in the last 4 years. Bull. The truth of the matter is, and it is clearly documented in Fayette County Government records that are available for anyone to see, that the now retired Sheriff Randall Johnson promoted Lieutenant Deborah Hannah to Captain in November, 2008; Sheriff Hannah did not take office until January, 2009. Captain Hannah is not second in command at the Sheriff’s Office, she is only 1 of 11 Captains at the Sheriff’s Office; she is in charge of something called Youth Services which has 5 School Resource Officers and 2 DARE Officers. She has been a DARE Officer working with kids for nearly 20 years at the Sheriff’s Office—seems like a logical job to me but clearly not second in command.
The salary Sheriff Hannah makes today, and yes it is available by law for anyone to see, is the exact same today as it was in July 2008. His salary did not increase one penny when he became Sheriff and he has not had a pay raise in 5 years. The only pay raise Captain Hannah has received has been one pay for performance salary increase given by the Board of Commissioner’s to every eligible employee and that was less than 2 percent. Sheriff Hannah was not eligible for that raise. In case you are interested Mr./Mrs. Unsigned Letter Person, Sheriff Hannah is not even the highest paid person at the Sheriff’s Office (so much for your thought he was taking care of himself).
I just got the accident report on a wreck Captain Hannah was involved in. It is true she was in a wreck and the other driver was hurt. What was left out of Mr./Mrs. Unsigned Letter Person's letter was that Captain Hannah was hurt too. The baby you referred to was not listed has being injured. Captain Hannah was driving fast; she had her blue lights and siren on. She was going to an alarm at her home, as were other deputies, At least 4 other cars pulled over for Captain Hannah at the place where the wreck happened. The Georgia State Patrol investigated the accident and issued a traffic ticket to the other driver and not Captain Hannah; The State Patrol said the accident was not her fault. Two accident investigation groups looked at the wreck and said that the accident was not her fault, one was the Sheriff’s Office and the other was from Fayette County. There was not a conflict of interest, Sheriff Hannah might have had some influence over the Sheriff’s Office Accident Panel but the Georgia State Patrol and a Fayette County Accident Panel—I doubt that.
Oh, the law suit. I have not see it. But the Attorney representing the driver who got the ticket in the wreck is a personal injury Lawyer in Macon. According to the Fayette County Clerk of Court's Office there is no active law suit on file related to this wreck. I will be trying to find out more on that.
I don’t know if Sheriff’s Hannah’s challenger is behind the letter in my mail box or to the email my son received but if he is not, he should come out and repudiate the statements made in this letter to me and the email to my son and others. The letter was two pages long and there is more I want to address later and I will.
Mr./Mrs. Unsigned Letter Person, yes I had a yard sign supporting Wayne Hannah that I asked for. Sheriff Hannah, can I have one of those BIG Signs to put out in my front yard?
More to come.