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March 19--  A Treutlen County commissioner has been notified to appear at a probable cause hearing regarding a criminal warrant.

Ronald Strickland of Soperton has requested that a warrant be issued for District Two Commissioner Homer Rivers alleging he committed misdemeanor offenses of doing business with the county.

Strickland's request included a listing of seventeen county checks to Rivers Heating and Air for jobs at the Treutlen County Sheriff's Office starting in June, 2016 through February, 2018.  The total amount of all the checks is $6,584.00.

County Sheriff Tommy Corbin says he was doing business with Rivers before he became a county commissioner and that his work saved the county money for heating and cooling system repairs at the county jail.

Rivers was appointed to the Truetlen County Commission to fill the unexpired term of Commissioner Forrest Edge at a meeting of the Commission on August 12, 2016.

At the meeting, his work for the sheriff's office was noted by the board and it was not considered an issue, according to a recording of the session.

Rivers is running for re-election in the May 22 primary and is facing opposition from Quinn Mullis.

His work for the county was brought up at the March meeting of the Commission by Chairman Lance Hooks.  The state law which established the Truetlen County Commission in 1935 prohibits commissioners from business interests or contracts with the county.

Rivers told the recent meeting that his company will no longer do business with the Sheriff's Office.

Johnson County Magistrate Judge Mary Jo Buxton will decide if Strickland's request for a warrant will be approved at a hearing Wednesday, April 4 at ten a.m. at the Treutlen County Courthouse Annex.

Meanwhile, a Georgia Department of Revenue examiner is expected to be in Soperton Monday to review operations of the county Tax Assessor's Office.  The peer review was requested over the objections of Chairman Hooks at a called meeting in February. 

Commissioners Rivers, Maynard Edenfield and Cashaunda Smith voted for the state review with Commissioner Cali Hollis and the chairman voting against it.  Hooks said the board should have discussed its concerns with the Tax Assessor's office prior to the vote and that it could prove expensive for the county depending on the outcome of the review.