Georgia State Patrol puts Augusta Commissioner Donnie Smith on leave

Donnie Smith addresses the audience during the Good Government meeting at the Julian Smith Casino Barbeque Pit in Augusta on Tuesday, October 9, 2012. Smith has served as District 7 Commissioner since 2012.

Augusta Commission member Donnie Smith has been placed on administrative leave with pay from his position of lieutenant with the Georgia State Patrol, a spokesman said Tuesday.

Smith - an assistant Troop Commander for Troop E covering Grovetown, Washington, Madison, Milledgeville and Monroe - will remain on leave “pending the completion of an investigation into a possible policy violation,” said spokesman Gordy Wright.

Smith has served as District 7 commissioner since 2012.

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