Rossville Exchange Club Officer of the Year Award 2015

Pictured from left to right: Alan Norton (Assistant District Attorney), James Harris (Special Agent, Georgia Bureau of Investigation), Johnny Lanham (Detective, Fort Oglethorpe Police Department), Tammy Davis (Detective, Fort Oglethorpe Police Department),  David Eubanks (Chief of Police, Fort Oglethorpe Police Department), and Steve Blevins (Commander, Detective Division, Fort Oglethorpe Police Department).

On March 5, 2015, the Rossville Exchange Club presented its Officer of the Year Award to Detectives Tammy Davis and Johnny Lanham of the Fort Oglethorpe Police Department, Special Agent James Harris of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and Assistant District Attorney Alan Norton of the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office.

This group was nominated by Steve Blevins, the Commander of the detective division of the Fort Oglethorpe Police Department.  The letter of nomination stated that Davis and Lanham were originally assigned to investigate an alleged embezzlement by Deborah Holt in her position as the manager of the Gateway Mall in Catoosa County.   The detectives discovered Holt was having an extramarital affair with a local public official, Mark Lindsay, the chief building inspector for the City of Fort Oglethorpe.   Holt admitted that she had provided Lindsay with many gifts from the embezzled proceeds.  Police Chief David Eubanks, upon realizing that the investigation might lead to the arrest and prosecution of a city official, requested the assistance of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.  Special Agent James Harris was assigned to assist.  The joint investigation led not only to the arrest, prosecution, guilty plea and imprisonment of Holt but also to the arrest, prosecution, conviction and imprisonment of Lindsay.  The investigation revealed Lindsay had even used some of the stolen money to finance an unsuccessful run for public office in Fort Oglethorpe.  Commander Blevins noted the inherent difficulties in prosecuting a local public official in a small town and further observed that it was the unwavering dedication of the officers and the prosecutor to the pursuit of the truth and justice that led to the appropriate outcome.

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