The investigation began the week of May 20 when county officials were told by the Marietta Cobb Smyrna Narcotics Unit that a county employee may have illegally used steroids. Originally targeting one former firefighter accused of using steroids in 2010, the investigation grew following claims that other firefighters and a police officer could be involved.
Officials told the MDJ in early July that the investigation would be finished within a couple of weeks.
Cobb’s internal affairs unit sent the results of its investigation this week to Cobb Fire Chief Sam Heaton, who has spent the week meeting with the employees named in the investigation.
“Unless some unexpected information is provided during those meetings, we anticipate proposing discipline or clearing employees next week,” said Robert Quigley, county spokesman.
The county has placed some firefighters on paid administrative leave. The police officer accused has resigned and no longer works for the department.
Cobb Chairman Tim Lee says he hopes the accusations are a misunderstanding, but says he has confidence in the county’s internal affairs department.
The county has a zero-tolerance policy for the use or possession of prescription drugs unless directed by a physician.
“That’s why it’s important to look into it aggressively,” Lee said.
There are no indications the distribution or use of steroids look place on county property or while the employees were on duty.
Lee said the alleged actions of a few don’t keep him from holding the department in high esteem.
“We have an outstanding public safety department, and we have outstanding men and woman who are part of that team,” Lee said. “We are proud of the work they do.”