AMERICUS, Ga. -- The current chief of the Sumter County Fire Department has been indicted by a grand jury in Jasper County, S.C., public records show.
Chief John Ekaitis is facing misdemeanor misconduct in office, malfeasance, misfeasance, or nonfeasance charges stemming from an investigation into the Hardeeville, S.C. city government.
Ekaitis, who was hired as the Sumter County Fire Chief in 2011, served as the fire chief in Hardeeville from 2003 to 2007.
He, former city administrator R. Shane Haynes, former Police Chief James Hubbard, former police Lt. Eric Washington and former city treasurer Santesia Henderson were each indicted following an investigation, according to islandpacket.com, the local newspaper based in Hilton Head, S.C.
The allegations reportedly involve acts and omissions "including but not limited to abuse of the leave-cashing policy" at some point between 2005 and 2006, the paper states.
When contacted Wednesday, Ekaitis declined to speak on-the-record about the charges citing the fact that matter is still before the courts, but did refer the Herald to his attorney, Jim Brown. As of press time, Brown had not returned calls seeking comment.
According to the Jasper County Judicial Circuit clerk of Court website, Ekaitis was indicted on March 21.