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Clayton county judge decides not to remove indicted Sheriff Victor Hill

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CLAYTON COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill will remain in office, after a judge decided she did not have jurisdiction to remove him Wednesday.

According to Ryan Powell of the Georgia Peace Officer Training Council, Hill had six months from his swearing-in to become a certified peace officer. Hill's certification, however, was suspended last year, after being indicted on 37 counts, including racketeering.

This week, Ken Vance, executive director of P.O.S.T. sent a letter to Clayton County probate Judge Pam Ferguson indicating Hill's certification had been suspended, which prevents him from performing law enforcement duties, including making arrests.

Powell said state law requires P.O.S.T. to notify the probate judge of the situation. 

In a letter obtained by CBS Atlanta News, Ferguson wrote that she did not have jurisdiction to remove Hill because his certification had not been revoked, it is only suspended. 

Powell, who would not comment on the judge's decision, said a situation like "this has never happened before."

Hill is accused of profiting from his public office, and misusing campaign funds during his first term.

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