The Metro Spirit has obtained a copy of the video surveillance tape that goes along with the Trouble With Subject Informational Report filed January 16th against former Tag Commissioner and Assistant Tax Commissioner Dwight Johnson. In the report, Columbia County Tag Office Clerk Diane Pittman Chiera claims Johnson threatened her job, as well as making a “slashing motion to his throat after he made the comment.”
Johnson is wearing a tan suit and can be seen in the upper right-hand corner at the beginning of the video. He then proceeds to the clerk in the bottom left of the video.
Upon viewing the tape, the CCSO closed the case. There is no visual proof of Johnson doing any such thing. You can see him waving at employees as they pass by. No one appears alarmed, which would seem to be what would happen with that sort of conversation going on. There is a man a few feet away who, besides glancing over his shoulder when Johnson first approaches, completely ignores him. Not what one would expect.
Watch the video and make up your own mind.
Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Incident/Investigation Report
Mrs. Chiera stated Mr. Johnson came to the tag office on several different occasions to ask for information on an abandoned vehicle he purchased. Mrs. Chiera stated during these visits Mr. Johnson would ask that Mrs. Washington help him and would wait until she was available to ask (sic) his questions. Mrs. Chiera stated on today’s date Mr. Johnson came back to the tag office and asked for Mrs. Washington to help him. Mrs. Chiera informed Mr. Johnson that Mrs. Washington was unavailable to help him. Mr. Johnson replied that Mrs. Washington was trying to avoid him. Mrs. Chiera asked Mr. Johnson how she could assist him and again he asked about the abandoned vehicle that he had purchased. Mrs. Chiera advised she answered Mr. Johnson’s question. Mr. Johnson told her that he knew the employees were writing statements about him. Mr. Johnson further stated that there was a good chance he would be over in the property tax office soon. Mrs. Chiera asked Mr. Johnson what he meant by his statement and he replied that “She is gone”. Mr. Johnson went on to say that he just finished a meeting with Mr. Ron Cross who had told him that he met with the Governor and “She is gone.” Mr. Johnson stated when he gets back into the office everyone who wrote statements about him were gone. Mrs Chiera stated Mr. Johnson made a slashing motion to his throat after he made the comment. Mr. Johnson stated “There would be a lot of job openings unless what was written was true, I was kinda bad.” Mr. Johnson told Mrs. Chiera that he would be back to work on his abandoned vehicle with her since Mrs. Washington was avoiding him. Mr. Johnson then left the establishment.