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Investigation into BOC's Worley still ongoing

POSTED: June 1, 2014 12:00 p.m.

The federal investigation into Barrow County Commissioner Steve Worley is still ongoing.

The FBI has not completed its investigation into Worley’s time as Public Works Director for the city of Monroe. Worley was terminated Jan. 31 of last year after he was accused of violating personnel policies and procedures.

Monroe City Administrator Matthew Chancey said last week that while the city’s investigation is complete they are keeping it open at the request of federal authorities. Once the FBI is done with their investigation then the city can release their findings.

The FBI began its investigation in March 2013. There is no timetable when it will be completed.

Mayor Greg Thompson claimed in a letter that Worley was involved in abuse or theft of city property and the "willfully making of false statements to supervisors, officials, the public, boards, commissions or agencies."

Worley told the Walton Tribune that a mistake led to his termination and that he let his pride get in the way. He had worked with the city since 1996 and was earning around $108,000 in salary at the time of his termination.

Worley has continued serving on the Barrow County Board of Commissioners. He told the Barrow County News last year that he would not respond to the termination or investigation.

"If it's not concerning Barrow County, I'm not talking about it," he said shortly after his firing.

 

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Nic30: June 18, 2014 11:43 a.m.

The public corruption section of the FBI will be thorough but not as fast as some people would like. The Bureau will always tell you that a case is always open giving them the protection of revealing the investigation prior to any court dates that may or may not be set. But, take a look at some of the former Commissioners in Gwinnett. One would have been a guest of the Federal Bureau of Prisons had they not resigned the Chairmanship. One former commissioner is a guest of the Bureau of Prisons and one is still trying to avoid this stay. Take a look at the upheaval in Hall County when the Department of Justice got involved in a civil rights issue at the Detention Center. It is widely believed this incident caused a former Chief Deputy the election as Sheriff. The investigation may not go as fast as we would like, but, at least, it will be thorough.



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