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Former Hall fire battalion chief denies harassment charge, attorney says
David McGhee
David McGehee

A former Hall County Fire Services battalion chief denied any sort of intimidation or threats of county employees, his attorney said Friday.

David McGehee, 52, was charged June 9 with harassing by phone and stalking three Hall County employees.

Hall County human resources director Bill Moats, public information officer Katie Crumley and county administrator Randy Knighton were named in the warrants.

McGehee’s attorney Jeff Talley said Friday that McGehee was a “dedicated employee” who was dealing with issues with the county related to his former employment.

“He’s had contact with the county, but then again, a lot of people have contact with the county, particularly employees and former employees,” Talley said.

Crumley declined to comment and said any comment would come from the Sheriff’s Office.

“The best thing is for this to proceed through the legal process, and we’ll honor and respect that,” Knighton said.

The Sheriff’s Office wrote in a press release that McGehee allegedly “repeatedly contacted Hall County administrators and personnel by means of email and phone calls during the time period of Oct. 12, 2015 and June 9.”

McGehee, who worked for the department for 29 years, was terminated following an alleged domestic violence incident in February 2013.

The charges — initially simple battery, disorderly conduct and obstruction of an officer — later were changed to a single misdemeanor reckless conduct charge, to which McGehee pleaded guilty, according to authorities.

McGehee had communicated with county administration multiple times related to his termination and decisions being made in the fire department.

The Civil Service Board upheld his termination in 2014.

“Adamantly, 110 percent, he didn’t follow, surveil, stalk, follow, intimidate anybody,” Talley said.

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