Gov. Sonny Perdue is setting up a panel to investigate the Screven County sheriff after reports he put inmates to work around his home and allowed them to work for his deputies.
The review panel will make a recommendation within 30 days on whether Sheriff Mike Kile should be suspended. Georgia law only allows inmates to work on public works projects.
Gov. Perdue could suspend the sheriff for three months and ask the district attorney to petition the court to remove him from office.
Sheriff Kile is running for his fourth term next month.