DeKalb County, GA – A DeKalb County master deputy who was just three days away from retirement said he was forced to resign his position for wearing an Afro wig while on duty.
Former DeKalb County Master Deputy Antonio Perryman said he was feeling “a little joyous” about his impending retirement last week, so he decided to have a little fun while he was out directing traffic in front of the courthouse, WSB reported.
“I said, ‘Hey, you know, let me make people happy, you know? Do something a little different,’” the 20-year veteran-of-the-force said. “So, I put on the Afro wig…You know, that made me feel a little joyous about that being my last week.”
Passersby found the situation hilarious, and stopped to snap photos of the lighthearted deputy.
Deputy Perryman said he continued to perform his normal duties throughout his shift, then he headed home.
But a few hours later, he received a call from one of his superiors that ultimately led to him being forced to resign.
“I was later informed by [DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) Chief Melody Maddox] that she and [Sheriff Jeffrey Mann] were totally upset over the Afro wig and told me that I disgraced the uniform,” the now-former deputy told WSB. “When she told me that, I just got numb. Like ‘I disgraced the uniform?’”
The former deputy said that it was hypocritical of Sheriff Mann to criticize him, considering the sheriff’s 2017 run-in with Atlanta police.
‘We got a sheriff running through Piedmont Park from the police like it’s an episode of ‘Cops!'” he told WSB.
Sheriff Mann was arrested in Atlanta on charges of public indecency and obstruction, after he allegedly exposed himself in Piedmont Park and subsequently ran from officers, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported at the time.
The sheriff later pleaded guilty to charges of prohibited conduct and obstruction, and was saddled with 80 hours of community service and a $2,000 fine.
The following month, the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council unanimously voted to revoke Sheriff Mann’s law enforcement certification, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
The sheriff appealed the certification revocation, and the matter is scheduled to go to court later this year, according to WSB.
If the decision is upheld, Sheriff Man will be removed from office, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
Meanwhile, Deputy Perryman said that he never expected his 20-year law enforcement career to end the way it did.
He said that he had two decades of stellar service with his department, but that his record will now show that he resigned as opposed to having retired, WSB reported.
The former deputy said he doesn’t expect the incident to negatively affect his pay.
“My plan was to finish with the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office with 20 years of service and I got robbed from that,” he told WSB.