Tough Questions over Clayton County police chief investigation - CBS46 News

Tough Questions over Clayton County police chief investigation

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Chief Greg Porter (Source: Claytonpolice.com) Chief Greg Porter (Source: Claytonpolice.com)
CLAYTON COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

CBS Atlanta News is asking Clayton County Commission Chairman Eldrin Bell Tough Questions about an investigation into Clayton County's police chief.

"Why hasn't Chief Greg Porter been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation?" reporter Tony McNary asked Bell.

Bell said he stands by Porter. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is currently investigating Porter for theft by deception and for making false statements.

"I hope they get to the bottom of it," said Bell.

The GBI is looking into pay Porter received during his previous part-time job with the county's DUI court, two years ago

Clayton's district attorney asked the GBI to investigate Porter after a judge and court administrator brought to her attention the theft of approximately $36,000.

Thursday agents executed a search warrant at the county's finance department. They seized financial records detailing pay Porter received from DUI court.

Some Clayton County residents want to know why Porter is still leading the police department while he's being investigated.

"I think that he needs to step back from it. At least go on administrative leave. If it was somebody under him that would be what would happen," said Jeremy Morris.

"I think it would probably be in his best interest and everyone involved if he would be on administrative leave," Princess Wooten said.

"On leave is definitely the place for him. If he's under question right now for things that' she's done, what's being done right now? He's still in office," said Erica Hines.

"I have finance department that oversees the chief's budget. I'm not worried about what he's going to spend or what he's going to do," said Bell.

Bell said at this time he will not support any administrative action against Porter.

"We're not talking about somebody who might have killed somebody. We're talking about few dollars that I understand he paid much of it back," said Bell.

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