Chief Deputy arrested and fired from Pickens County Sheriff’s office


CARROLLTON, Ala. (WIAT) — Pickens County investigators are speaking out for the first time since Chief deputy Jonathan Gann was arrested.

Officials held a news conference Wednesday morning at the District Attorney’s Office in Carrollton.

Captain Jason Roberts with the State Bureau of Investigation said he could not give many details as to why Gann was arrested because it’s an ongoing case.

“Chief deputy Jonathan Gann was arrested by the SBI and placed in custody Tuesday night,” Roberts said. “He has since made bond. I would like to commend sheriff Todd Hall for requesting an independent investigation and we are relentless in our pursuit for justice, this is a fluid and ongoing investigation.”

Gann was arrested Tuesday night by SBI agents, he was terminated from the Sheriff’s Office after working as a deputy ten years. Gann was charged with theft of property and tampering with evidence. District Attorney Andy Hamlin says cases like this will not be tolerated.

“That investigation yielded facts and evidence that pointed too criminal activity with chief Gann,” Hamlin said. “Specifically with a charge theft of property and tampering.”

Last June, former Pickens County Sheriff David Abston was arrested for federal fraud charges. Officials did not say if these cases are related. Carrollton resident Curtis Stepp says he was disappointed that another law enforcement officer is now in trouble.

“It’s very sad and very upsetting, people we count on every day is letting us down and that’s very wrong. I think he should be processed and go through the court system and arrested and make bond and go to court and be held accountable for it.”

During the news conference, the SBI, DA and Sheriff answered any questions. Investigators from the SBI say they may release more details about the arrest in the future.

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