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Sheriff-elect Roundtree announces chief deputy choice

Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012 6:31 PM
Last updated Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012 12:09 AM
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Sheriff-elect Richard Roundtree said Wednesday that law enforcement professional Patrick Clayton will become chief deputy when he takes office in January.

Clayton, a former federal drug agent, is chief of safety and security for Richmond County schools, where he has been Roundtree’s supervisor for almost three years.

As a special agent with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Clayton has been in Augusta since 1995, when he began working DEA operations out of the Savannah office. In 1997, he and another federal agent were assigned to Augusta to work with a drug enforcement task force in cooperation with several area sheriff’s offices.

Roundtree said the selection of Clayton is the first of several key personnel appointments he will announce in coming days. The chief deputy position has been vacant since the recent retirement of Sid Hatfield.

Roundtree said several other personnel decisions have been made but none he was ready to announce this week. He emphasized that no one is losing a job, although some personnel would be shifted to new responsibilities and positions will be created.

He has said the only major change he intends to make is the creation of a Volunteer Services Division, which will administer a volunteer deputy program, a citizens advisory board and a program for youths.

“No one is going to fire or dismiss any of the current senior staff,” Roundtree said Wednesday.

Clayton has been with Richmond County schools since 2009, when both he and Roundtree were hired. Roundtree has worked as a lieutenant under Clayton.

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OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 11/21/12 - 08:07 pm
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Interesting pick

that actually appears, to be extremely qualified.
Appears to have conducted a lot of local sizable drug busts.
1 such bust included a RCSO deputy.

So far so good.
The R-Tree scoreboard is now 1/0.
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Patrick Clayton - quick background

Chief of Public Safety
Richmond County School System
April 2010 – Present (2 years 8 months)

Special Agent
Drug Enforcement Administration
1988 – 2010 (22 years)

Special Agent
Naval Criminal Investigative Service
1986 – 1988 (2 years)

Some reading materials
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http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2001/10/26/met_329174.shtml

http://old.chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2007/09/05/met_142483.shtml

https://bulk.resource.org/courts.gov/c/F2/963/963.F2d.380.91-50305.html

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2003/07/23/met_381916.shtml

chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2002/02/13/met_333137.shtml

dichotomy
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dichotomy 11/21/12 - 08:24 pm
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Was Clayton the boss at RCBOE

Was Clayton the boss at RCBOE Police back during the "let the embezzler go free with no charges" school bookkeeper incident here a while back? The RCBOE Police tried to keep the case quiet and out of the hands of the sheriff's department. She not only went scott free but also kept her job working at another of our schools after embezzling over $14,000.

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 11/21/12 - 09:02 pm
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Dichotomy has a memory like a computer

Darn Dichotomy nothing slips past you.

Mr. Clayton was on the job several months when this happened.

http://chronicle.augusta.com/opinion/editorials/2010-06-18/dont-keep-cri...

QUOTING THE ARTICLE
"Yet, the school district not only did not seek charges -- keeping the incident report within the district's public safety office and not involving the sheriff's office, which it can legally do -- it also transferred the woman to another school district job and let her continue working after the embezzlement was discovered in order for her to pay some of the money back."

Sounds like a political PR maneuver so as not to drag it into the open. with a run up to the primary elections a few weeks away.

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/education/2010-06-18/glenn-hills-high-...
"The missing money case involved a bookkeeper being accused of taking $14,417 in student activities money. The worker, Bridgette Thompkins, was allowed by the school system to pay restitution and resign rather than be prosecuted."

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 11/21/12 - 09:08 pm
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Roundtree Scoreboard

Was 1/0
Now ?/?.

TCB22
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TCB22 11/21/12 - 09:17 pm
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Sigh

Couldn't you use a better photo of Mr. Clayton?

MeinAugusta2
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MeinAugusta2 11/21/12 - 09:25 pm
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Chief Deputy

So, poor little Scott Peebles is kicked to the curb, yet again. As I've seen on someone's post before, Richmond County not only hit the iceberg, it backed up and hit that sucker broadside. Sad thing is, it keeps making the same stupid mistakes, over and over again.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 11/21/12 - 10:25 pm
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Maybe Clayton goes along with

Maybe Clayton goes along with the pat, dap 'n go approach to law enforcement since his drug busting days. Or maybe this is payoff for him going along with Roundtree on the embezzling thingy and letting Roundtree take care of his "friend".

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 11/22/12 - 12:59 am
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No Way

There is absolutely no way that Richard Roundtree could have appointed Scott Peebles to be his chief deputy. There has to be a cleaning of the house. We will enjoy watching Roundtree's "second chance" policy in action. It is working so well in the school system, after all. Why would it not work as well in the general population?

soapy_725
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soapy_725 11/22/12 - 07:26 am
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Looks to me as if his career
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was on a downward slope. School police is not the top of the food chain. It was not a step up for Tree. Payback is cool. Payback is cool. Black Sheriff. White second in charge. In line with the charter of the ARC of the South. This decision however it turns out will be underwritten, as always, by the S. Augusta Taxpayers Association. The SATA is such a tremendous organization. Their resources are limitless.

corgimom
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corgimom 11/22/12 - 08:01 am
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Since both of them have been

Since both of them have been working for RCBOE, they have a first-hand knowledge of all the ones that "make mistakes"- which is the new PC term for "commit crimes"

soapy_725
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soapy_725 11/22/12 - 08:34 am
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Looks like Vowells?
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Round and around from one agency to the other. Akin to moving pedophile priest to another parish. Or out of control teachers to another school district. Sharing the wealth. Spreading the disease.

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 11/22/12 - 08:26 am
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corgimom - makes a valid point

Both have worked at the RCBOE for several years, so both have lots of fore-knowledge of our future up and coming 17 to 21 year old problems, their families members and who they hang with.

May be the 2nd chance for many has already happen at School?

soapy_725
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soapy_725 11/22/12 - 08:36 am
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Touchy Feely Psychology
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I'm Okay You're Okay Psychology.

F4therTime
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F4therTime 11/22/12 - 09:27 am
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Still wondering..
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Why it has not been brought up whether he was still being paid by us tax payers while he ran for sheriff and was not doing his RCBOE duties. I think we deserve an answer!

seenitB4
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seenitB4 11/22/12 - 09:42 am
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corgi

corgi made some very good points...they should know who the trouble makers are....where they live & what to do with them....yeh kids deserve a chance but also know the good bad & ugly of their actions.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 11/22/12 - 10:08 am
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Slow Learners....

I agree, everyone deserves a second chance which can work as along as we don't take away the natural consequences of the bad choices.

People rarely learn without at least a "little pain" and some can't learn with the doubled down full measure of pain. And unfortunately, their are some who can't learn at all.

Lord, help us not to remove ALL of the pain, and help them not to be pain resistant.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 11/22/12 - 10:23 am
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"make mistakes"

I despise that term with a passion; so overused and abused just like "racism". A mistake is walking out the door of a store without remembering to pay for the 6 pack of cokes under the buggy. A mistake "could" be letting someone go for a minor offense and they go on to commit a bigger offense; but a deliberate and thought out crime is no "mistake". Just like a car crash resulting from careless or reckless driving is no "accident".

That said, this guy doesn't look like such a bad choice in terms of credentials. Maybe they made a calculated decision that if the woman kept working they would get the money back, and if she was arrested they would never see the cash again. Maybe a good compromise? I don't know as I don't know the full details.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 11/22/12 - 11:23 am
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Congratulations, Pat, on

Congratulations, Pat, on your new position. You've made a lot of progess in crime in RC, may you continue to do so and serve Richmond County tax payers and the men and women in this department with trust and honor.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 11/22/12 - 10:27 am
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Scott Peebles....

Wishing the best for Scott Peebles and his family this Thanksgiving.
You have served Richmond County so well for a long time. I am praying the best is yet to come for you.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 11/22/12 - 10:30 am
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IAD, the "mistakes" they were

IAD, the "mistakes" they were discussing were those of the school children... Happy Thanksgiving and Congrats!

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Riverman1 11/22/12 - 10:44 am
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"He has said the only major

"He has said the only major change he intends to make is the creation of a Volunteer Services Division, which will administer a volunteer deputy program, a citizens advisory board and a program for youths."

I hope THIS is not who I think it may be. Sheriff Roundtree, avoid the hooks.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 11/22/12 - 10:50 am
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@riverman1..."Sheriff

@riverman1..."Sheriff Roundtree, avoid the hooks." Could you not have used different wording? Please stop tempting me to misbehave.

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Riverman1 11/22/12 - 11:10 am
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It might be fun to have you

It might be fun to have you misbehave a little bit. :)

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 11/22/12 - 11:31 am
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LOL, river, I tried it, but

LOL, river, I tried it, but nobody could take it. So, I had to go back to being sweet.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 11/23/12 - 04:56 pm
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Hot and Cold

Here is a thread that was just beginning to heat up, and then, wham! - gone cold.

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