Sheriff Kelly McLendon said he is assuming the role of talking to the media rather than allowing Lt. James Little to continue as the public information officer.
“I just have more time on my hands,” McLendon said. “It was not a personal thing.
“At the time I appointed him, he was just around more than I was.”
The decision to remove Little as the public information officer came after media inquiries into Little’s business, AJ Investigations in Cedartown.
The attorney named little as a defendant in the amended lawsuits filed in May for Johnny Moats and Barry Henderson. Both suits allege Little used his Polk County Sheriff’s Office position to help his private business.
Others listed in the suit include McLendon, Chief Deputy Shayne Garrison, and Polk County Attorney Brad McFall.
The suit was filed on the claim that the Polk County Sheriff’s Office had violated the constitutional rights of Moats and Henderson in firing them.
Little had given the Rockmart Journal the proper name of the business last week after the wrong name of A&J Securities was listed in the lawsuit.
The clarification was because no business licenses or state paperwork were listed under A&J Securities, but state paperwork was filed under AJ Investigations.
However, Albert C. Sharp, the company’s registered agent, hasn’t filed his annual business registration with the state for this year.
While the company is listed with a Cedartown address, the City of Cedartown said there isn’t a business license listed for that address.