Brian McDuffie, the Republican candidate for Richmond County sheriff, announced Saturday that he has filed a state ethics complaint against Sheriff Richard Roundtree for using on-duty deputies in TV commercials for his re-election campaign.
McDuffie called a news conference to announce the action and provided a copy of the complaint dated Thursday. In it, he contends that the sheriff violated state law because on-duty deputies or even off-duty deputies who were later given compensatory time cannot take part in such political advertisements because it is considered to be a person acting on behalf of an agency making a contribution to a candidate.
Such violations fall under the jurisdiction of the state ethics commission, McDuffie said.
A former deputy, McDuffie was fired in 2013 by Roundtree on grounds of using excessive force for hitting a teenager in the head with a flashlight.
When McDuffie announced his campaign last spring, he said he was not running against Roundtree but to bring “more services and more enforcement to the sheriff’s office and making the sheriff’s office more accessible to the public.”