ATLANTA – Gov. Nathan Deal has signed an executive order that expands an investigation into the arrest of DeKalb County Sheriff Jeffrey Mann.
Deal signed the order on Tuesday.
The order appoints Georgia Attorney Chris Carr; Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown; and Peach County Sheriff Terry Deese to a committee investigating “criminal charges, alleged misconduct in office, or alleged incapacity” as it related to Mann.
Mann was arrested in Atlanta on May 6 on charges of indecency and obstruction.
The Atlanta Police incident report states that at about 11 p.m. the reporting officer, identified only as Officer Snell, was in an area of Piedmont Park along 10th Street, NE, known for sexual acts after dark, when he spotted the suspect, later identified as Mann. The officer stated that he saw Mann feeling his penis through his pants, walking toward the officer.
The officer stated in the report that, at this point, Mann exposed himself and began making inappropriate motions. The officer said he hid behind a tree to prevent Mann from seeing the reflective tape on his City of Atlanta police bicycle.
As Mann approached, the officer confronted him by shining his flashlight and Mann fled. The officer said he identified himself as police and demanded the suspect stop but Mann didn't. After running across 10th Street to a residential area of Midtown, and then turning down Argonne Street, Mann finally surrendered and was taken into custody on 9th Street, about a quarter of a mile from where the officer says he first encountered Mann.
Mann has since said he will remain on the job.
Mann is DeKalb County’s 49th sheriff, and has served in the department for 10 years, including as chief of staff and as chief deputy.