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July 18, 2012
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Deputy fired after Facebook post supporting candidate running against sheriff

Former deputy said he was fired 15 hours after he posted an announcement to Facebook about who he supported for sheriff

By PoliceOne Staff

CUMMING, Ga. — A Forsyth County deputy says he was fired over a Facebook post supporting a candidate for sheriff running against the current sheriff.

Rodney Pirkle told Channel 2 News he was fired 15 hours after he posted an announcement in favor of Duane Piper.

"I had a captain, human resources and two internal affairs investigators in my house, releasing me from my duties," he said.

The sheriff's office said in a statement Pirkle, a probationary employee, was fired because of performance issues.

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