Flomaton police chief arrested
Published 5:42 pm Friday, March 9, 2012
Just over a year since being named Flomaton’s police chief, Geoff McGraw has been arrested and is facing felony charges after an investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
McGraw, 30, turned himself in to Escambia County Sheriff’s authorities Thursday in Pensacola, Fla., where he was booked on charges of third degree kidnapping and false imprisonment.
The arrest came less than two weeks after the Flomaton Town Council agreed to place the police chief on an indefinite paid leave of absence.
According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement an investigation into the charges against McGraw was launched in August after information was received that he 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.”
FDLE and state’s attorney’s office officials said the confirmation of that information was “used to secure an arrest warrant for McGraw.”
Flomaton Town Council heard from two Century, Fla., residents during their Feb. 27 meeting concerning the allegations against McGraw. At the close of the meeting, council members agreed to name Daniel Thompson as interim police chief. Neither police department officials nor council members would make a comment about the case.
McGraw is free on $5,000 bond.