Controversial deputy released by LCSO
Citing "personality differences," Sheriff Stacy Jarrard verified that Marc Lofton was released by the Lumpkin County Sheriff's Office (LCSO) yesterday, July 26, when contacted by The Dahlonega Nugget this morning.
Controversy surrounded Lofton, who had recently been the subject of a widely viewed CBS46 investigation that detailed numerous accusations of questionable DUI arrests during his time as an officer for the Statham Police Department (PD).
Since the hiring of Lofton, Jarrard was visited by two Statham residents who came to personally make a complaint against Lofton.
Katie Corkren and Mary Williams delivered a packet of information to Jarrard on Friday, July 21, giving him more information about Lofton than he had previously been given by the Statham PD.
After researching the information and delving further into Lofton's past work history, Jarrard felt that Lofton didn't fit the mold of honesty and integrity that he expected from his employees at the LCSO.
"I have had 30 years to build a reputation of honesty and integrity," said Jarrard. "Hiring of this employee tarnished that reputation. I am always looking out for the betterment of Lumpkin County and the state of Georgia as a whole.
For more details on this story, check out the August 2 issue of The Dahlonega Nugget.