Commissioner Donnie Smith has submitted a letter of resignation to the clerk of commission, ending speculation about what the beleaguered District 7 commissioner would do in light of a scathing report that found Smith, a 20-year Georgia State Patrol veteran, worked a second job during Masters Week while reporting himself on duty.
Smith resigned from the State Patrol just before report’s release.
According to the report, Smith told investigators that, with the exception of about three to five hours during the 40-hour work week during Masters, the he did not report for duty and performed “virtually no duties” for the Georgia Department of Public Safety.
Smith said he spent most of the week “hanging out” at Augusta Sports & Travel with friends and having a massage.
“It stretches the imagination that Smith would spend more than 10 hours per day at AST (Augusta Sports & Travel) without compensation,” the investigation report states. “The case facts support that during the week of April 7-11, 2004, Smith violated numerous DPS Policies when he intentionally made a false report to Troop E Communications.”
The investigation report also states that it was discovered that in 2012-2013, Smith “utilized his DPS issued computers to view sexually suggestive images.”
The Department of Public Safety stated that a “second internal investigation” of Smith remains open and is ongoing.