City Council names interim replacement
GROVETOWN, Ga. — The Grovetown City Council called an emergency meeting on Thursday to name an interim replacement for the chief of its department of public safety.
Capt. Scott Wheatley, head of the criminal investigations division, was appointed to the position after the former public safety chief, Gary Owens, resigned on August 22.
Mr. Owens was suspended for two days earlier in the month after the escape of two inmates from the town's jail. Those inmates were re-captured nearly a week later.
Grovetown Mayor George W. James said that Mr. Owens "created a hostile work environment for his employees and by his actions he hindered the operation of recovering the two escapees."
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