Flomaton chief arrested

Published 4:57 am Saturday, March 10, 2012

Less than two weeks after being placed on an indefinite paid leave for allegedly taking a Florida man into custody illegally, former Flomaton Police Chief Geoffrey Ashley McGraw, 30, was taken into custody after turning himself in at the Escambia County (Fla.) Jail Thursday.


According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement an investigation into the charges against McGraw was launched in August after information was received that McGraw arrested Ronald Adam Barrow on an outstanding warrant in Alabama.

Officials with the FDLE said “the arrest of Barrow took place in Florida, where McGraw does not have jurisdiction to make arrests.”

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FDLE and State’s Attorney’s Office officials said the confirmation of that information was “used to secure an arrest warrant for McGraw.”

Following February’s Flomaton Town Council meeting, during which two Century residents told councilmen of McGraw’s alleged illegal actions, Interim Police Chief Daniel Thompson said that both the council and the police department were aware of the investigation but could not comment on a matter in the state of Florida.

McGraw is currently free on $5,000 bond.