Outgoing sheriff files for bankruptcy


Victor Hill has ended four controversial years as Clayton County's sheriff by filing for bankruptcy, saying he is unable to pay damages of up to $1.7 million from several lawsuits.

Hill's single term ended at midnight Wednesday. On Tuesday, he began Chapter 7 personal bankruptcy proceedings in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Atlanta.

He listed civil judgments including $475,000 owed to Mark Tuggle, the brother of Hill's predecessor. Tuggle won a lawsuit against Hill for false arrest, stemming from angry telephone calls Tuggle made after Hill began his term by firing 27 deputies and other employees.

The deputies sued Hill for wrongful termination. They settled for $7 million, which was paid by Clayton County.

Hill also claimed he owes $273,000 on a mortgage for his home.

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