For purposes of this procedure, felonies are acts defined as such by the official code of Georgia or the United States code. Employees arrested and/or charged with felonies shall be placed on administrative leave with or without pay as dictated by the circumstances until they are indicted, have charges reduced, dismissed and/or an administrative investigation is completed.
Upon notification of a felony charge, the department director as designee shall complete an intitial administrative investigation to determine the nature and profundity of the charges. If the investigation reveals serious criminal behavior, conviction of which would be incompatible with continued employment, and the evidence supporting the charges is substantial, then in consultation with the human resources director, the department director may place the employee on administrative leave without pay, pending indictment. Otherwise the employee shall be placed on administrative leave with pay. If the employee is indicted, then any administrative leave with pay shall convert upon the date of indictment to administrative leave without pay. A felony conviction shall result in termination of employment.
A nonconviction shall result in an administrative investigation, the results thereof may result in reinstatement with or without backpayment, or all or portions of administrative leave without pay and/or appropriate disciplinary actions up to and including termination of employment, as determined by the department director in consultation with the human resources director.
— Source: Columbus Consolidated Government .