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Mr. Donny Turner

Wrong Donny Turner?

Sheriff

Local Address: Troup County, Georgia, United States
 
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Employment History

  • Sheriff
    Troup County
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Previous Sheriff Donny ...
www.lagrangenews.com, 30 May 2013 [cached]
Previous Sheriff Donny Turner had contracted out delinquent collections three years ago, under protest from Wood.
Troup County Sheriff ...
www.lagrangenews.com, 21 July 2012 [cached]
Troup County Sheriff Donny Turner's apparent obsession with a nonexistent feud with LaGrange Daily News has clouded his judgment.
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For years, Turner has made access to information difficult for LaGrange Daily News staffers. He constantly monitors what his staff says, purposely avoids phone calls and emails. The only time he's truly forthcoming with information is when it puts his department in a positive light. Things had improved slightly since February, when we reached out to the sheriff to establish some dialogue. We were starting to receive more information from his department, however, we still did not have the same access as the Troup County News.
Any positive news from the sheriff's department will almost surely be published in the TCN. However, anything negative will not appear. This was evident in the past week as the TCN failed to print any balanced coverage of Turner threatening an opponent's campaign worker. The only coverage TCN provided was one-sided and, once again, in favor of Turner.
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Turner has repeatedly demonstrated disrespectful disregard for civil discourse on any subject not to his liking.
By shutting out the media, Turner cuts out the conduit to the public that takes time to review and analyze public records, reports on successes and mistakes, and lets residents know how their employees are performing and how their taxpayer money is being spent.
Turner has tried to use his bullying and intimidation tactics, once again.
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We have several questions for Sheriff Turner after viewing this post:
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Your response is requested, Sheriff Turner.
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In the TCN, Turner said he apologized publicly for this mistake. Who did he apologize to?
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Some of us know the Police Chief Turner spoke of to Whitney...He (the former Police Chief is a good person) ...Turner is suppose to be his friend...Why.
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Sheriff Turner could have put all of this to rest in the beginning if he had apologized in person to those who he might have wronged and at the same time admitted that what he did, though maybe not illegal, was wrong. So far all Sheriff Turner has done is try to justify his actions and point fingers at others who he feels have created this unfortunate incident.
Sheriff Turner, you did this to yourself.
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The LaGrange Daily news obviously has bias against Donny Turner.
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If you knew the real Turner you would know it's not garbage, it's the truth. He has preyed on others for far too long. His reign of terror and intimidation have been far reaching and there are many who have been forced into silence for the time being out of fear. When the voters have had their fill and he's out of office you won't be able to keep up with the number of names and situations that will surface regarding his moral character and dealings. He is a bully and predator and I pray he never comes after your family's fortunes.
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OK, Donny put his foot in his mouth, there is no question about that. Can you say you have never done that before? My question to the voters of Troup County, do you feel safe, do you think the county is safe? If you answered yes, then vote for Donny. If you feel that Donny has done you wrong, or that you have run afoul of the sheriff's office, then perhaps there is a reason. Did you our one of your family break the law? If you did, you reap what you sow. I don't know of any reason for someone to be on the sheriff department radar unless you put yourself there. Quit blaming Donny Turner for something you or a family member did.
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What I was alluding to is Turner taking the lion's share of inheritances that was not his to take, he was only executor. He took advantage of more than one elderly person and wound up with the farm. He did not take my grandfather's because my grandfather knew what had went on and informed my grandmother under NO circumstances was she allowed to let Turner anywhere near finances in the event of his death. He made it very clear Turner was not welcome and would leave when Turner visited my grandmother.
While your at it why don't research Marcus Smith and his family's dealings with Turner.
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I will show my support for my community with my vote against Sheriff Turner.
Outgoing Sheriff Donny ...
www.lagrangenews.com, 15 Dec 2012 [cached]
Outgoing Sheriff Donny Turner appeared before County Commissioners Friday to refute allegations that he and his department dropped the ball on uncollected bond amounts.
Turner said reports that he failed to collect $300,000 in bond forfeitures are inaccurate. Although it is his responsibility to collect bond forfeitures, the sheriff's department cannot until he is given property to levy the bonds with, Turner said.
"There are laws out there you've got to go by. I can't just go out to you house and pick up property because you owe the county money," Turner said. "You've got to be in court and the solicitor or somebody has to say you have to levy on (certain property)"
Turner said that despite a letter by State Court Judge Jeanette Little sent to District Attorney Pete Skandalakis to investigate him over uncollected bond forfeitures, she never tried to speak with him directly. He said he was informed by then-County Manager Mike Dobbs and Clerk of Courts Jackie Taylor of the complaints.
Turner contacted the Georgia Sheriff's Association, which contacted an attorney for him, he said, because someone with legal knowledge should discuss the legal details of the bond forfeitures.
From 2002 to 2009, Turner said his office collected more than $190,000 in bond forfeitures. He said he also took in an additional $37,000 in cash from people at the jail, which was turned over to the court system.
Turner said that all parties involved in the bonds - himself, Little, Taylor, State Court Solicitor Markette Baker and local bondsmen - met in 2009 to discuss how bonds would be handled. None of the uncollected bonds prior to 2009 were brought up then, Turner said.
"We're the first sheriff ever to have bonding regulations and bonding rules," Turner said. "We set those up and made them abide by those rules."
According to Turner, of the $295,551 in bonds not collected in the last 10 years:
•$78,000 was due from a bondsman who is deceased and there has been no court issue for property to collect for the bond. Without a levy on property from the deceased's estate, he has nothing to collect.
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"So, of all this money that I can't hardly get anywhere until someone tells me where to get it, or because I can't get the men out of the grave or whatever is $241,000," Turner said. "That leaves me with a true number of $54,531 in money that was out there that people didn't look at, or didn't collect, or whatever."
Many of those bonds that were uncollected were due to errors in the bond issues at the court level, Turner said. He showed several examples of court-issued papers that he said prevented him from collecting the bonds, which included errors like missing dates, wrong dates, wrong addresses or incorrect charges against the defendant.
Turner said that, following the inquiry, $38,000 was collected, which included $8,800 set aside from bonding companies that had been stopped from making bonds for not paying. To collect those bonds, more than 500 hours of employee time and 3,000 paper copies were used, with associated legal fees that came to a total estimated cost of $28,500.
"Until the whole truth is told about these bond forfeitures, it looks like old Donny didn't do his job doing that," Turner said.
That resulted in a runoff Aug. ...
www.lagrangenews.com, 9 Dec 2012 [cached]
That resulted in a runoff Aug. 21 between Woodruff and outgoing sheriff Donny Turner.
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Turner was caught on tape threatening the current job of a former employee of the sheriff's office who he had found out was campaigning for Woodruff.
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Turner and Troup County Clerk of Court Jackie Taylor, who aided in the collection process, insisted they had done nothing wrong and District Attorney Pete Skandalakis said nothing illegal had happened.
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But documentation obtained by the Daily News showed Turner and Taylor avoided any attempts to sit down and discuss the bond issue with county attorneys and state court officials.
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Dan Lee, who is Turner and Taylor's attorney, paid the registration fee for the Mothers group with the Georgia Secretary of State.
Sheriff Donny Turner has ...
www.lagrangenews.com, 9 Dec 2012 [cached]
Sheriff Donny Turner has done many great things during his near 20-year tenure as sheriff. He has modernized the department, hired skilled deputies, increased drug eradication efforts and has been proactive with the youth programs he has implemented.
However, he also amassed a great amount of power during his time as sheriff, and that power has clouded his judgment and tarnished his badge.
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Sheriff Turner has run rough shod over this county with his intimidation tactics and behind-the-scenes manipulating of public policy and procedure. What kind of honest, honorable public official resorts to these tactics? How can we expect him to maintain the public trust, protect the community and uphold the law while he makes threats? He has acquired so much power over the years that he thinks he can get away with whatever he wants.
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I don't know who wrote this letter, but it seems that the writer is trying their best to malign Donny Turner both as of the date of the writing of the letter and before.
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