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Columbia County jailer arrested, fired

Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013 8:48 PM
Last updated Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013 7:32 PM
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A Columbia County jailer of three months was fired last week and arrested Tuesday after being accused of bringing contraband into Columbia County Detention Center.

Kester Henry Dozier  SPECIAL
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Kester Henry Dozier


Kester Henry Dozier, 41, was charged Tuesday with delivering prohibited articles including food, books and a cellphone to inmates and violating his oath of office after an investigation that began Feb. 5, according to Columbia County Sheriff’s spokesman Capt. Steve Morris.

“To say that we are disappointed is an understatement,” a release from the department said. “As we’ve demonstrated in the past, we enforce the law no matter who is involved, and Deputy Dozier’s actions were dealt with swiftly and justly.”

Dozier was a 21-year Army veteran who began work at the detention center Nov. 21, according to the release.

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pgapeach2
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pgapeach2 02/19/13 - 10:19 pm
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Dummy

What a dummy! I guess he does not read the paper on a daily basis. If he had, he would have read the article concerning the clerks and jailers who were caught last week. After 21 years in the army, you make yourself look like a fool in three months as a jailer. I guess there wasn't anyone willing to look the other way at the sheriffs office. It doesn't have me wondering about what he got away with during his career.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 02/20/13 - 06:12 am
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He makes ex-Army guys look

He makes ex-Army guys look bad. Dang. I hope he loses his retirement income over this.

bumblebeerose
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bumblebeerose 02/20/13 - 06:12 am
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He will be lucky

He will be lucky if he does not serve time with the ones he was guarding.

A job has now opened up for someone that is unemployed!!!

oldfella
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oldfella 02/20/13 - 07:28 am
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Military retirement is for life

"He makes ex-Army guys look bad. Dang. I hope he loses his retirement income over this."

No, he gets his military pension for life. I'm retired military myself. That said, he can forget about ever getting a very high paying job again with this on his record. BTW if he's a stupid as he seems, he'll probably put the incident on his resume.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 02/20/13 - 07:47 am
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Sure Would

like to know more about his military history?

my.voice
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my.voice 02/20/13 - 08:58 am
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It didn't take the inmates

It didn't take the inmates long to pick him off. I'm surprised someone with that kind of disciplined background couldn't think two or three steps ahead. I mean, once you do this just once, the prisoners have you enslaved.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 02/20/13 - 09:25 am
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Coruption at every level of government
Unpublished

This is why God calls human governments BEAST. They devour everything around them. They have no moral compass. Animals without a soul. Now you know why politicians spend $250K for a $12K a year job. Look around at theses so called public servants. They will steal the gold from your teeth, rape your wife and children. And then stand in the pulpit of the 1st United ______ and ask for your vote.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 02/20/13 - 09:31 am
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Why no pic AC

Other forums have it...

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 02/20/13 - 10:02 am
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Yes, too bad about this, but

Yes, too bad about this, but he can always run for sheriff in Richmond County.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 02/20/13 - 10:17 am
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You Have

to really wonder what would make someone do something this stupid?

dichotomy
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dichotomy 02/20/13 - 11:13 am
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Willow....."he can always run

Willow....."he can always run for sheriff in Richmond County."

Ain't that the truth. I haven't seen his picture yet but it is possible he might even be up for a pay raise.

Sean Moores
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Sean Moores 02/20/13 - 11:36 am
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@ seenit

I found the photo. it is posted now.

harley_52
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harley_52 02/20/13 - 01:03 pm
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"Yes, too bad about this,...

.... but he can always run for sheriff in Richmond County."

It just never stops, does it?

harley_52
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harley_52 02/20/13 - 01:58 pm
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To Tell You The Truth....

I can think of worse crimes than "....delivering prohibited articles including food, books and a cellphone to inmates ....".

I'm in no way justifying what he did, or excusing him from "violating his oath of office," because I'm not sure about the details.

I can envision a situation, however, where the Mr. Dozier, a relatively new employee (less than 90 days on the job), simply misunderstood the awesome violation a bag of potato chips might really be.

I do know that I hear almost every day about a child being kicked out of school for bringing a watergun to school, or pointing a pencil at somebody.

Maybe what he did really was a "firing offense," or maybe somebody needs to take a look at the sanity of the policy he violated, or whether his orientation to the new job really prepared him for how policy violations were handled by his supervisors.

Is it at least POSSIBLE that there's more to this story than meets the eye? I suspect if it had happened in the dreaded Richmond County, some would have already uncovered some deep, dark conspiracy involving racism and big money.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 02/20/13 - 03:22 pm
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harley, if you will recall

harley, if you will recall Roundtree was demoted rather than fired from RC for his wrong doing; that was my point. I don't recall saying anything about RC that isn't true. When wrong things take place in CC, I am just as quick to remark and I hope others will be as well. It helps keep us all honest. As I have stated before both sides of my family have invested heavily in RC for three generations through personal ownership, business and community service. Many of us in Columbia County are former Richmond County residents who are still involved in RC and would have likely remained as property owners under different circumstances. I try not to offend, but I don't have the personality to walk on eggs.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 02/20/13 - 03:32 pm
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harley, as always, I agree

harley, as always, I agree with your 12:58. I didn't say so because I knew some would think I was "whitewashing" for Columbia County.

I don't know any background, perhaps he had been warned previously, or there was money exchanged that we don't know about.
I do know that Sheriff Whittle supports his deputies and is fair.

Visitation is strict. I've tried to take in books and could not although unbound pages are allowed. A cellphone would defintely not be allowed. That place is very well run; very organized.

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 02/20/13 - 05:35 pm
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Willow

People in jails aren't allowed to read books? All the movies I've seen, they're reading books.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 02/20/13 - 06:25 pm
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GAD, I'm sure it differs from

GAD, I'm sure it differs from jail to jail and also state and federal rules. In Columbia County, an inmate may receive a new soft covered Bible with no writing on the pages or anything put into it.
Also they may request to receive a GED book, but no CD's.
I have received permission to take in or mail in unbound pages in CC.
I don't visit in RC, but material that I have prepared for female inmates has been allowed in through others who serve there.

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 02/20/13 - 08:18 pm
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Willow

Thanks for the info. I was completely ignorant of the situation re: books. So if I wanted to give a friend or relative in the CC jail a copy of "Huckleberry Finn", I could rip out all the pages, hand them to him and it would be OK?

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 02/20/13 - 08:59 pm
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GAD, in person, you would

GAD, in person, you would need to present it to the jailer for approval. Via mail, call for approval, write down the name of the person you speak with and remember anything coming from you...that is deemed contraband subjects you to possible charges.
The only pages that I have ever submitted for approval dealt with matters of a spiritual or recovery nature. As to providing food, beverages and toiletry items; anyone can leave money on an inmate's account provided the inmate has placed the benefactor on their visitor list.

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