published Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Catoosa Sheriff Gary Sisk declines to investigate his officers

 Gary Sisk
Gary Sisk
Photo by Alyson Wright /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Catoosa County Sheriff Gary Sisk says he won’t ask for an investigation into whether his officers improperly helped an FBI agent who is now under federal investigation.

Last week, local attorney McCracken Poston asked Sisk to bring in the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to look into whether FBI Agent Ken Hillman had abused his authority with sheriff’s office employees.

Poston alleged that Hillman had been pulled over at least twice under suspicion of drinking and driving, but nothing was done.

Sisk, who didn’t respond to multiple requests for comment on Tuesday, released a prepared statement today saying his office hasn’t done anything wrong.

“Mr. Poston did not allege any wrongdoing involving employees at the Catoosa County Sheriff’s office,” Sisk said in his statement.

Sisk said it wouldn’t be a wise expense of the taxpayers’ money to investigate Hillman when it does not affect the duty of the sheriff’s office.

Hillman is a central figure in a Ringgold, Ga., Police Department Investigation for his involvement in persuading a police sergeant to leave his post last October and drive Hillman and the women he was with — local businessman Emerson Russell's wife Angela Russell and their daughter, Katherine — from a nightspot in Ringgold to a Chattanooga apartment.

Hillman, who operates the Northwest Georgia Crimes Against Children Task Force, is also under an FBI internal investigation.

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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