Originally created 11/11/05

GBI's inquiry on Wrens police chief done



The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has completed an inquiry into criminal allegations made by a former Wrens police officer against the city's police chief.

GBI Special Agent Gary Nicholson said Wednesday the investigation began Sept. 22 but declined to discuss the allegations that led to it.

A GBI "face sheet," an initial report of the investigation, said the agency was contacted by the Middle Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office "to conduct a preliminary review into several allegations made by Wrens Police Department Lt. Willie Nelson against Chief David Hannah."

The agency turned over its findings to the Middle Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office about a month ago, Agent Nicholson said.

A message left for Middle Judicial Circuit District Attorney Steve Askew was not returned Thursday, and a woman answering the phone at his office said he would be back in the office Monday.

Agent Nicholson said he didn't know when the district attorney's office would complete its review.

The city of Wrens conducted an internal investigation of Chief Hannah in July, after Lt. Nelson delivered a hand-written, four page list of complaints against the chief to the city attorney June 14.

The document listed 22 complaints, some of which alleged violations of state code or city personnel policy.

They range from misuse of city equipment and supplies to theft by extortion, bribery and sexual harassment.

It is not known if the city's internal investigation is connected to the GBI inquiry, but in August, the city cleared Chief Hannah of all allegations.

The city council then voted to dismiss Lt. Nelson for bringing "meritless complaints."

Chief Hannah declined comment Thursday.

Reach Kate Lewis at (706) 823-3215 or kate.lewis@augustachronicle.com.