Hamilton County Sheriff's Office Civil Service Board rescinds deputy's demotion

The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office Civil Service Board overturned Sheriff Jim Hammond's decision to demote a patrol deputy to a jailer after he was convicted of reckless driving.

Thomas "Mike" Fulmer, 47, who has worked at the sheriff's office for 10 years, was assigned to the jail in June after his driving under the influence charge was downgraded.

However, because Fulmer was not convicted of DUI, board members John K. "Bucky" McCulley, William Pippin and Jack Benson Jr. voted to overturn the demotion. The board, whose members are chosen by the county commission, rules on personnel issues at the sheriff's office. The chairperson is selected by the mayor.

"To me the DUI conviction, it's not there," McCulley said Thursday. "To me, I can't look at that. What he was convicted of was reckless driving.