CUMMING, Ga. — A Forsyth County Sheriff's Office employee who listed the county jail as his registered address on voter roles has been terminated by the department.

Cpl. James Cutcliff was informed of the termination on April 19, according to a letter obtained from the department.

In April, after 11 Alive and other media outlets began asking questions about his address on the voter registration records of Forsyth County, Cutcliff was placed on leave pending an internal investigation. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation also opened a criminal investigation into the matter.

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A search finds that a P.O. Box is listed as his place of residence. While it is not uncommon for law enforcement officers to obscure their home addresses for safety reasons, listing an address other than your home for voter registration is a felony in the state of Georgia.

According to the termination letter from the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office, the internal investigation into the allegations found that Cutliff had used the jail at 202 Veterans Boulevard as his address for voter registration since 2011. It also found that Cutcliff had used that registration to vote in the Cumming city elections in October of 2017.

During the course of the investigation, Cutcliff maintained his innocence or stated that he could not remember doing that.

The termination was effective immediately, and the GBI investigation is ongoing.

A hearing of the Forsyth County Voter Registrations and Elections board was scheduled for May 7, but that hearing was canceled in light of the ongoing state investigation.

"An outside agency is conducting an inquiry into this matter," said Mandi Smith, the deputy director of the county election commission, "and upon advice of the County Attorney, we believe it would be inappropriate for the Board of Voter Registrations and Elections to conduct its own hearing at this time."

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