Former Columbia County captain now a Richmond County deputy

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office has hired former Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Bill Probus as a deputy, according to Sheriff Ronald Strength.

Probus resigned from his post as the head of the sheriff's office patrol division in Columbia County in early May after it was revealed he had inadvertently deleted a voice message requesting a deputy at a Belair Conference Center party. An Augusta teen was fatally shot at the March 19 party.

Strength said he discussed the incident with Probus, and Columbia County and had no concerns. Probus will start at the training center, like all new deputies on the Richmond County force.


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