On Friday, Feb. 22, attorney McCracken Poston of Ringgold sent a letter to Sisk requesting that he ask the Georgia Bureau of Investigation in to evaluate whether deputies gave special treatment or made exceptions for FBI agent Ken Hillman during the past year and a half.
According to Poston, Hillman has abused his authority as an FBI agent to get out of possible DUIs.
Hillman, who is being investigated by the FBI for his actions, has been head of the Northwest Georgia Crimes Against Children Task Force for the past few years.
The task force consists of undercover officers who communicate with people online through chat rooms and ads looking to weed out those looking arrange meetings for underage sex.
The FBI has declined to comment on the matter. “Per policy, the FBI does not comment on personnel matters,” special agent Stephen Emmett, a spokesman for the FBI’s field office in Atlanta, said Thursday.
In his letter, Poston alleges that agent Hillman was pulled over at least twice by Catoosa County sheriff’s deputies under suspicion of drinking and driving, but was either allowed to call a friend to come and get him, or was allowed to go completely.
Sisk, in a prepared statement Wednesday morning, insisted that his agency has done nothing wrong, and that he will not ask the GBI to investigate.
“Mr. Poston did not allege any wrongdoing involving employees of the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office,” Sisk said in the statement. “These matters have to do with alleged indiscretions, policy and procedural violations involving agent Hillman.”
Sisk, a newly elected sheriff who took office in January, said Poston should express his concerns to the FBI rather than his office or the GBI.
“Any issues Mr. Poston may have with agent Hillman should be addressed with the Federal Bureau of Investigations,” he said. “It is my understanding that they are conducting an internal investigation at his request. Neither the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office nor the Georgia Bureau of Investigations investigate policy and/or procedural violations of Federal Agents or get involved in civil divorce cases. I do not feel that this is a wise expense of the taxpayer’s money when it does not affect the duty of my office.”
Agent Hillman has fallen under scrutiny in the past couple of weeks after an investigation by the Ringgold Police Departmet revealed that Hillman allegedly abused his authority in late October when then-Ringgold police sergeant Tom Evans was called to Acoustic Café in Ringgold regarding a possible DUI involving Hillman. Evans gave Hillman and two women a ride to a condominium in Chattanooga, Tenn., Evans said during the investigation.
Ringgold police chief Dan Bilbrey fired Evans following the two-week internal investigation that revealed Evans failed to follow protocol, failed to file a report of the incident, and ignored directives from his superiors.
Evans admitted during that investigation that he was granting Hillman a favor and that he did not file a report on the incident at Hillman’s request.
Poston said that his letter to Sisk was requesting a similar investigation into whether similar courtesies had been extended to Hillman by Catoosa County sheriff’s deputies.
Poston, in a prepared statement Wednesday afternoon, responded to Sisk’s prepared statement.
“The information regarding these traffic stops must be pretty hot for the Sheriff’s office to try to shut it down like this,” Poston said. “His (Sisk’s) reluctance to conduct his office with transparency is troubling.”