Jones County clerk charged with shoplifting keeping job for now

jkovac@macon.comJune 4, 2014 

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Jones County Clerk Connie Mize, right, stands beside her attorney Gregory Bushway in front of his law office Tuesday afternoon. Bushway held a news conference where he flatly denied Mize had shoplifted anything from Wal-Mart.

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The clerk of Jones County, charged last week with shoplifting at an Eatonton Wal-Mart, will keep her job at least until the matter is settled.

Jones County Commission Chairman Preston Hawkins said that at a Tuesday meeting, county officials huddled and decided to let Connie Mize continue her duties.

“The board postponed their decision pending the outcome of the investigation,” Hawkins said.

Mize, 51, was arrested Friday morning, accused of stealing about $100 worth of merchandise. An arrest report said that at a self-service checkout she failed to scan some of the items she walked out of the store with.

She disputed the charge through her lawyer on Tuesday and vowed to clear her name.

Mize’s attorney, Gregory L. Bushway, said this week that the charges against Mize may be the result of a self-service checkout glitch. She was jailed Friday morning after her 7 a.m. shopping trip.

Mize has worked for Jones County for about a dozen years and was named county clerk in 2011.

Bushway on Wednesday welcomed the commission’s decision to allow Mize to keep her job while the case proceeds.

“We’re pleased that the commissioners decided to keep a faithful employee in place until the matter in Putnam County can be resolved,” he said.

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