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Strickland awaiting outcome of City of Guyton probe
Capt. Stacy Strickland has been on paid administrative leave since June 25. - photo by Mark Lastinger/staff

GUYTON -- Capt. Stacy Strickland, Guyton's interim public safety director, remains on administrative leave, his lawyer said Thursday evening.

On June 25, the Guyton City Council placed Strickland on administrative leave with pay pending the results of a non-criminal investigation.

Joey Turner of Savannah's The Turner Firm LLC said via an email to the Herald, "We were finally able to speak to the investigator on Monday (July 9).  I have been told by a City representative that the investigation is now complete and we will be notified shortly of the outcome."

According to reports, Strickland probed a matter involving Officer Michael Clark  and found that the officer did nothing wrong. Shortly afterward, city officials responded to the situation by placing both officers on leave and the announcement of their own investigation.

Strickland has been serving as Guyton's public safety director on an interim basis since Kelphie Lundy was fired in February 2016.

Lariscy and Post 1 Councilman Steve Collins have called repeatedly for Strickland to get the job on a permanent basis but their efforts have failed to get the support of any of the other council members — Dr. Franklin Goldwire (Post 2), Joseph Lee (Post 3) or Michael Johnson (Post 4).

During a Guyton City Council meeting in January, Lariscy handed each council member three letters of recommendation from county emergency officials for Strickland. They came from Sheriff Jimmy McDuffie, 911 Director Jay Spinks and Emergency Management Agency Director Clint Hodges.

“I think (Strickland) is doing a fine job and, according to these letters we received from individuals in the county, they agree,” the mayor said during the meeting.

Lariscy obtained the letters after a motion to appoint Strickland in December 2017 was tabled.

McDuffie is currently serving as Guyton's public safety director.