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Witness: Sheriff Hill fired me because I wouldn't do his dirty work

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The man who ran the Clayton County Sheriff's Office when Victor Hill was absent took the stand in Hill's criminal trial today.

John Gibson was Hill's chief deputy during Hill's first term from 2004 to 2008. Gibson told jurors he refused to do Hill's dirty work.

"I was fired because the sheriff told me to secretly record Kem Kimbrough but I wouldn't' do it," said Gibson.

Gibson said Hill fired him in November 2007, after Hill lost the election to Kimbrough.

Hill is fighting allegations that he ran the sheriff's office like a criminal enterprise, that he misused county employees and resources.

Hill is also accused of using his 2008 campaign funds for his personal use.

Clayton County voters re-elected Hill in 2012, despite Hill being indicted and having his peace officer's certification suspended.

Gibson also told jurors that Hill instructed the staff to place Deputy Beatrice Powell on administrative leave for no apparent reason.

The prosecutor alleges Hill placed Powell on paid leave so she could travel with him and another woman, Naomi Nash, to vacation spots and casinos.

Powell took the stand Thursday and admitted she took off work for three months. She also admitted she partied and traveled with Hill.

Powell stated she took off work for a medical procedure.

On Friday, Nash took the witness stand and admitted she and Powell lived with Hill at one time and the three of the took several trips together over a three month period.

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