Hall County Takes Disciplinary Action Against Jail Division Employees

Hall Co. - The Hall County Sheriff’s Office has taken disciplinary action against a small group of Jail Division employees based on their conduct at work.

An internal investigation was launched in mid-November after allegations involving the employees, all of whom served on the same night shift at the Hall County Jail, were brought to the attention of Sheriff’s Office command staff.  The detailed investigation found several violations of policy and procedure related to unbecoming conduct, unsatisfactory performance of duty, sexual misconduct between the employees and a failure to supervise.

While the conduct in question did not rise to a criminal level or involve inmates at the facility, the investigation found that it did compromise the professionalism and operational effectiveness of the shift.  As a result, the following actions have been taken:
Deputy Randall Norton  Resigned during pre-termination hearing
Jailer Dani Colella Resigned during pre-termination hearing
Jailer Christopher Smith  Resigned during pre-termination hearing
Deputy Daniel Harris  Suspended five (5) days
Jailer Kingston Morris        Suspended two (2) days
Jailer Alexis Mitchell  Resigned while under investigation
Sgt. Andrew Ondo  Resigned while under investigation
Lt. Ken Nix         Retired/Resigned

“The vast majority of the Deputies, Jailers and civilian professionals who serve in our jail work extremely hard to maintain a safe and professional environment,” Sheriff Gerald Couch said.  “While those employees are clearly devoted to professionalism and duty, unfortunately this small group of employees was not.  At the conclusion of the investigation, I took swift disciplinary action to address the matter with these few. I cannot and will not tolerate this type of behavior by our personnel. Poor choices have consequences, and as result, six individuals are no longer employed and two others were suspended without pay.” 
Couch went on to say, “As Sheriff, I demand exemplary conduct from my employees, to include adherence to the law and our department policy. I don’t want the actions of a very few to reflect poorly on the dedicated employees who continually do an excellent job and put themselves in harm’s way on a daily basis. I will accept nothing less than professional behavior from my staff, and will remain proactive in this effort.” 

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