Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Sheriff Hopeful Is Fired Herrington Loses Job after a Police Disciplinary Hearing

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Sheriff Hopeful Is Fired Herrington Loses Job after a Police Disciplinary Hearing

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BRUNSWICK -- A Glynn County police officer running for sheriff

has been fired by county authorities citing his weekend arrest

for drunken driving crashing an unmarked police undercover car.

Gregory B. Herrington was fired Wednesday after a 90minute

police department disciplinary hearing, county Personnel

Director Dave Bandy said.

The unopposed Democratic candidate for sheriff, Herrington has

five working days to appeal the dismissal to the County

Commission.

Herrington, who faces Sheriff Wayne Bennett, a Republican, in

the November general election, said yesterday he won't contest

the findings.

Herrington said he will deal with his dismissal by the county

and the arrest after the November election. "It's my sole

intention to run for sheriff," he said.

Asked if the arrest would hurt his chances in the election,

Herrington said: "I think it betters them. I hope the voters can

see this is nothing more than a media explosion to damage my

integrity and my character."

Because the charge is a misdemeanor, it does not affect

Herrington's state certification as a police officer.

He previously has said the crash occurred because he was

exhausted. "I have full intentions and am very capable of

proving I was not driving under the influence," he said.

According to the accident report, Herrington had a

blood-alcohol level of 0.143 after the crash. A person with a

blood alcohol level of 0.08 is considered intoxicated, according

to Georgia law.

Herrington said the reported blood alcohol level is not correct

but declined to say what he believes is the correct number.

Bandy said Herrington was terminated at the recommendations of

Capt. Gerry Blakebrough and Police Chief Carl Alexander.

The dismissal recommendation stated that Herrington, 31,

violated the police department's general orders by being

involved in an auto accident while driving a county-owned

vehicle under the influence of intoxicants, Bandy said. …

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