Two corrections officers with the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office were arrested this week on harassment charges after an incident in the county jail.
In a statement released by Sheriff Nick Welden’s office late Monday, officials said, “In an effort of transparency, our agency reached out to the District Attorney's Office to review the incident. During the course of the investigation, one employee was terminated and a second was placed on suspension.”
In order to avoid a conflict of interest, Circuit Clerk Todd Greeson called in an outside magistrate to review the case. Harassment charges were then brought against Wrett Allen Tyson, 30, of Rainsville, and Michael Alexander Gibson, 23, of Dawson. Both were booked in the DeKalb County Detention Center and later released on bond.
"It's unfortunate that something like this happens,” Welden said. ‘One of the hardest things to do as sheriff is to terminate your people and/or arrest them. I mean that when I say they are my people. They are family and always will be, but you have to do what is right. I've said since day one that I will do what is right, and I expect everyone else at the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office to do the same. I took an oath to uphold the law and to protect our citizens the best I could. It's not always easy or the most popular decision but you can assure it's what is right. God bless.”