On March 1, 2016, District Attorney Scott Ballard released his final report regarding his complete review of numerous citizens’ complaints involving Officer Phillip Tobin of the Thomaston Police Department. This review was conducted at the request of Former Chief Dan Greathouse in August of 2014.
After a lengthy, careful review of each individual complaint filed against Officer Tobin the District Attorney’s Office concluded that they will not be requesting the GBI to investigate any of the complaints. As stated in the report by Scott Ballard, “The Georgia Bureau of Investigation exists to investigate criminal activity. For this reason, I would only send a file to the GBI to investigate if, after initially screening the matter, I believe that there is a substantial likelihood that the investigation would reveal prosecutable criminal activity on part of the officer. I am not requesting that the GBI investigate any of these matters because I do not believe that any of them qualify under that standard.”
Since Officer Tobin’s tenure with the Thomaston Police Department, dating back to 2004, all complaints against him have been investigated by the Police Department. Since Officer Tobin has been placed on administrative leave several of the complaints against Officer Tobin were reviewed a second time by the TPD, the DA’s office and a third extensive lengthy review of all the complaints by the District Attorney himself. All investigations and reviews concluded that there is no prosecutable criminal misconduct on behalf of Officer Tobin.
At this time the DA’s report has been turned over to newly appointed Chief Mike Richardson for his review and final recommendation. Chief Richardson will be reviewing the report to determine appropriate administrative actions as well as Officer Tobin’s future with the TPD. The review will be conducted within the next week and a recommendation submitted to the Interim City Manager, Mr. Beckett.