GROVETOWN, GA (WFXG) - Grovetown Mayor George W. James III said the city's public safety director has been suspended for two days following the escape of two inmates from the detention center.
James issued the following statement to WFXG:
"Chief Owens was suspended two days without pay. He created a hostile work environment for his employees and by his actions he hindered the operation of recovering the two escapees. His department had everything in control and was doing everything possible to recover the two men who escaped. When he arrived on scene it became pure chaos.
As the chief, he needs to make sure that he is in control of himself so that he can take control of the situation. In this case he was not in control of himself or the operation. Therefore he was giving two days suspension without pay to go home and think about his actions."
We reached out to Chief Gary Owens for comment, but have yet to hear back.