Canton Police sergeant under investigation
by Kristal Dixon
August 08, 2012 12:31 AM | 7550 views | 11 11 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CANTON — A Canton Police officer is accused of misusing department funds.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating allegations that public information officer Sgt. Stacy Bailey misused funds in the agency’s community services account, Police Chief Robert Merchant said.

Bailey has been suspended with pay since July 18, Merchant said.

Agent Kim Williams with the GBI’s Cleveland, Ga., office said Merchant requested the investigation.

Williams said the account is reserved for use with the department’s Explorer program, which shows 14- to 18-year-olds what it would be like to work in law enforcement.

Williams could not say when the investigation would be complete, but added that the GBI will meet with the Cherokee County District Attorney’s Office to present the findings.

When reached on Tuesday, Bailey said she’s been told not to talk about the allegations.

The GBI investigation is not the only turmoil Bailey had recently faced.

Last month, a Sandy Springs Police captain filed a report with the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office, alleging that Bailey had been making harassing phone calls to him.

The captain said he and Bailey had a year-long affair, which he broke off in early June after his wife of 19 years found out. He said he received between 30 and 40 calls and emails from Bailey since then, despite asking her not to contact him.

The captain also said he received a package from an unidentified Cherokee County man containing compromising photos of the two and a letter to his wife about the affair.

The captain said he has met with Merchant at least three times to inform him of the allegations.

Bailey has been with the Canton Police Department since February 2003.

She has been a long-time supporter of Canton’s Explorers’ program and Cherokee County Special Olympics. She is the treasurer of the Canton-Cherokee Triad and Seniors and Law Enforcement Together Council and a certified instructor with Canton-Cherokee radKIDS.
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August 10, 2012
So we have two cops that many in the community know and respect (Bailey and Vande Zande) fired or on their way out in less than two months after Merchant takes over as chief? Is this how the new chief is going to run the police department? From what I’ve read, nothing has been proven yet with regards to Bailey, and there is no evidence that Vande Zande did anything wrong, yet the Chief is releasing inflammatory comments such as Bailey’s behavior being “contrary to the core values of the profession…and a violation of the law?” I thought that the GBI was still investigating - what happened to innocent until proven guilty? Shouldn’t the top law enforcement official in the city follow this “core value of the profession?” If this is what can happen to sworn officers, what could happen to us lowly civilians? I agree with Phil – before this is over, it’s going to end up costing us a lot of money that could have gone to things we really need, like improving our fire service…
Denise Williams
August 09, 2012
Stacy Bailey is a good person and has done a lot for the community. Let's just say that there are always two sides to every story... The truth shall prevail without a doubt.
Phil McCraken
August 09, 2012
My question: Who releases all these allegations, over a private personal matter to the media? And why does the person who is lodging these yet to be substantiated allegations concerning private matters get to remain anonymous, while the accused is prominently mentioned. Winky Dinky Stinky Poo, I smell a poorly disguised smear job or two.......Canton City Council - I hope you are paying attention to all these shenanigans, because they are going to end up costing me and my fellow Cantonians some money.
August 08, 2012
i think that sgt Bailey has done a tremendous job as a cop and with all that she does for safety of the children and special olympics we should give her the benefit of the doubt before judging her...Why is the sandy springs cop nameless???Seems to me he got caught doing something(affair on wife)and was trying to get revenge on SGT BAILEY....STAY STRONG SGT BAILEY..YOU WILL PREVAIL!!!!
Northern Maurader
August 09, 2012
It should be fairly easy for GBI to determine if there was misappropriation of funds. If that is proved it doesn't matter what you have done in the past, your "out of here." Concerning the phone calls and emails: it's over just stop! Both parties knew what they were getting into. Why let it effect your job. On the other note at least you have a Chief that is having the case looked into and keeping transparency in the fore front.
Queen Bee
August 09, 2012
The misuse of funds should be easy to prove or disprove. Her past good deeds won't matter if it is true. And affairs with married men are never smart move. It takes two so neither party is innocent as far as that goes.
Denise Williams
August 09, 2012
Stacy is a good person and has done a lot for the community. Let's just say that there are always two sides to every story... The truth shall prevail without a doubt.
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