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Council votes to revoke DeKalb Co. Sheriff's certification after arrest

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DEKALB COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

In unanimous fashion, the Georgia POST Council voted Wednesday morning to revoke the certification of DeKalb County Sheriff Jeffrey Mann.   

This comes after Mann was arrested for public indecency in Piedmont Park. 

“I'm surprised that this non-diverse panel has taken the action they have taken and have not left it in the hands of the people of DeKalb County,” said former DeKalb Co. Sheriff Thomas Brown.

According to an official police report, an officer patrolling Piedmont Park in May noticed a man fondling himself in an area of the park known for sexual encounters after dark. At the time, the officer did not recognize the person he was watching as being the DeKalb County sheriff.

The officer wrote that the man started to walk toward the officer and then completely exposed his genitals as he continued to fondle himself. According to the report, the man came within a few feet of the bicycle officer when the officer pointed his flashlight at the man. 

Mann pleaded not guilty to public indecency and obstruction in court later that month.

"There will be numerous officers patrolling the streets of the state of Georgia today who have been convicted of state crimes, who have done things far more egregious," Brown said. 

Gov. Nathan Deal suspended Mann for 40 days in June after a self-imposed suspension expired. He was also fined $2,000, instructed to perform community service and was banned from all Atlanta Parks for 180 days. 

The DeKalb County Sheriff's Office issued the following statement in regards to the Georgia POST Council vote on Wednesday:

According to reports in the local news media, the Georgia POST Council today voted to revoke the law enforcement certification held by DeKalb County Sheriff Jeffrey L. Mann. Sheriff Mann was not informed that this matter would be considered by POST at today's council meeting, and, as of this statement, Sheriff Mann has not been advised of this decision. Until official notification from Georgia POST is received, he will not have a response. 

It's a decision that surprised most residents.   

"I think a year with no pay would have gotten his attention and made him go out and get some help for his actions so this does not happen again," said resident Charles Peagler.   

Mann has 30 days to appeal or be removed from office. Stay with CBS 46 as this story develops. 

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