Former GA Chief Facing Charges for Use of Credit Card

A former Georgia fire chief has been charged with using a departmental credit card to purchase approximately $200 of gasoline for a personal vehicle. Peach County’s former chief Jeff Doles is accused of inappropriately using the credit card six times over a two-year period.

The charges in question total $229, leading Peach County Commissioner Wade Yoder to suggest that it will cost much more to prosecute Chief Doles than the amount in question. He also said Chief Doles gave more to the county than he took from it.

About Curt Varone

Curt Varone has over 45 years of fire service experience and 35 as a practicing attorney licensed in both Rhode Island and Maine. His background includes 29 years as a career firefighter in Providence (retiring as a Deputy Assistant Chief), as well as volunteer and paid on call experience. He is the author of two books: Legal Considerations for Fire and Emergency Services, (2006, 2nd ed. 2011, 3rd ed. 2014, 4th ed. 2022) and Fire Officer's Legal Handbook (2007), and is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine writing the Fire Law column.

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