The police major investigated in connection with a cheating scandal at the Winder Police Department was returned to active duty Monday night and appointed interim police chief. Major Jim Fullington, a retired special agent in charge of the Athens office of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, had been on leave since Nov. 1 along with chief Dennis Dorsey and Lt. Frank Farr. Dorsey and Farr both resigned last week after being confronted with the findings of an external investigation, but the investigation did not implicate Fullington.
Following a closed session of the Winder City Council Monday night, Mayor David Maynard issued the following statement: “Effective December 2, Major Jim Fullington has been returned to full active duty with the Winder Police Department. My review of all the information concerning the improper testing procedures led me to the conclusion that Major Fullington acted properly in response to the information he received. He is now acting interim Chief. The investigation is now closed. The City will immediately begin the process to hire a permanent Chief.”
Maynard added: “Major Fullington understands the process that the City went through and appreciates the support of the Administration. He pledges his full dedication to move the department forward during this interim period.”
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