Former Columbia County deputy arrested

David Kitchens



A former Columbia County sheriff’s deputy was arrested Tuesday on allegations that prompted his firing last month – soliciting business for attorneys and violating the department’s computer use policy.

David Ronald Kitchens, 48, was charged with computer theft and violation of oath by a public officer. Kitchens, a staff sergeant with the department, was fired Feb. 25.

On Feb. 22, a concerned citizen told Columbia County Sheriff’s Office officials that Kitchens was soliciting business for attorneys, according to a statement from Capt. Steve Morris.

An internal investigation found Kitchens also was using the sheriff’s office computer system to print accident reports for citizens and attorneys, which is a violation of sheriff’s office policies.

Kitchens, a former Burke County Sheriff’s office employee, had worked for the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office since December 1994.

Kitchens was booked into the Columbia County Detention Center and released Tuesday night after posting a $10,000 bond, according to jail records.