Dade County, Ga., sheriff blasted for taking county car on vacation

Dade County, Ga., sheriff blasted for taking county car on vacation

August 15th, 2013 by WRCB-TV Channel 3 in Local - Breaking News

Dade County Justice Building

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A North Georgia sheriff is in hot water with some taxpayers who are upset he used a county car on a personal trip to Florida.

Dade County officials say they're swamped with complaints about Sheriff Ray Cross driving his county vehicle to take his family on a vacation to Panama City, Florida for a week.

Dade County commissioners say they learned about the sheriff's trip, after someone in his family posted a video on Facebook of them driving to Florida in his county-issued SUV. The video spread, and the complaints started pouring in. The sheriff isn't denying he took it. He says he legally had the right. Others argue it's unethical.

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