Oglesby removal still unclear

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County commissioner's future on board in limbo after arrest

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  • R.C. Ogelsby as he entered the courtroom for his bond hearing in Nov.
    R.C. Ogelsby as he entered the courtroom for his bond hearing in Nov.
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It’s still unclear when, or if, suspended Hart County Commissioner R.C. Oglesby will be removed from office and a replacement will be appointed or elected.

The process of suspending a county commissioner and eventually finding a replacement is typically triggered upon a grand jury indictment, but Oglesby has already agreed to a voluntary suspension from his duties as a commissioner per a condition of his bond. He has not attended a Hart County Board of Commissioners meeting since being arrested Nov. 7 on racketeering charges for alleged food stamp fraud involving federal SNAP benefits. The Hart County Grand Jury is scheduled to reconvene in the third week of February 2020, but they could meet before then if requested by the district attorney.

District Attorney Parks White told The Hartwell Sun his office is currently working several trials in other counties and “reconvening is something that I just don’t have time to do.”

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