Cobb Sheriff's Race Includes Dispute Over Video, Deputy's Firing

May 23, 2020

A Democrat running for sheriff in a suburban Atlanta county faces questions about an arrest that led to a four-day suspension when he was a deputy. The Marietta Daily Journal reports that body camera footage shows former Cobb County Sheriff’s Sgt. Jimmy Herndon conducting a profanity-laden arrest in December 2016.

The incident led to a 32-hour suspension and was the first of three that ended in his termination in September 2017. A 2019 letter from incumbent Republican Sheriff Neil Warren says Herndon violated the terms of a settlement by criticizing the office.

Warren wrote that Herndon's personnel file would no longer say he resigned but instead say he had been fired.