published Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Walker County deputy resigns after policy violation

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    Gaylon Redwine was forced to resign from the Walker County Sheriff's Office after an internal investigation showed he violated office policy.

A Walker County, Ga., sheriff's deputy was forced to resign after an internal investigation showed he violated office policy, authorities said.

Deputy Gaylon Redwine, who was hired in July 2006, chose to resign instead of being fired, Sheriff Steve Wilson said.

The internal investigation showed Redwine, 28, had been involved in "conduct unbecoming of an officer" while he was off-duty, Wilson said.

"We are held to a higher standard, and we expect that conduct to be at that level at all times on and off duty," Wilson said.

Wilson said he wouldn't give more details until the investigation is complete, which could take several more days. Copies of the internal investigation also won't be available until the case is closed, which is standard procedure, he said.

There is no criminal case pending against Redwine, Wilson said.

No one answered the phone at Redwine's home Tuesday.

Redwine's conduct also has been reported to the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council, which oversees standards and training for law officers the state, the sheriff said.

Peace Officer Standards and Training Council officials said Tuesday that no case has been opened on Redwine yet.

Redwine joined the sheriff's office in 2006 as a detention officer and, in his yearly review, he was recommend for promotion, personnel records show. When he was promoted to deputy in December 2007, he was given a raise from $10.09 an hour to $12.63 an hour, records show.

In 2009, Redwine was assigned to special operations in the office's traffic division. His personnel records show he was never disciplined in the sheriff's office.

about Joy Lukachick Smith...

Joy Lukachick Smith is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Since 2009, she's covered crime and court systems in North Georgia and rural Tennessee, landed an exclusive in-prison interview with a former cop convicted of killing his wife, exposed impropriety in an FBI-led, child-sex online sting and exposed corruption in government agencies. Earlier this year, Smith won the Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative Reporting. She also won first place in ...

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