Deputy Says He Was Forced To Resign For Wearing Afro Wig 3 Days Before Retiring

Now-former DeKalb County Master Deputy Antonio Perryman was photographed sporting the wig while directing traffic.

DeKalb County, GA – A DeKalb County master deputy who was just three days away from retirement said he was forced to resign his position for wearing an Afro wig while on duty.

Former DeKalb County Master Deputy Antonio Perryman said he was feeling “a little joyous” about his impending retirement last week, so he decided to have a little fun while he was out directing traffic in front of the courthouse, WSB reported.

“I said, ‘Hey, you know, let me make people happy, you know? Do something a little different,’” the 20-year veteran-of-the-force said. “So, I put on the Afro wig…You know, that made me feel a little joyous about that being my last week.”

Passersby found the situation hilarious, and stopped to snap photos of the lighthearted deputy.

Deputy Perryman said he continued to perform his normal duties throughout his shift, then he headed home.

But a few hours later, he received a call from one of his superiors that ultimately led to him being forced to resign.

"I was later informed by [DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) Chief Melody Maddox] that she and [Sheriff Jeffrey Mann] were totally upset over the Afro wig and told me that I disgraced the uniform," the now-former deputy told WSB. "When she told me that, I just got numb. Like ‘I disgraced the uniform?'”

The former deputy said that it was hypocritical of Sheriff Mann to criticize him, considering the sheriff’s 2017 run-in with Atlanta police.

‘We got a sheriff running through Piedmont Park from the police like it's an episode of 'Cops!'" he told WSB.

Sheriff Mann was arrested in Atlanta on charges of public indecency and obstruction, after he allegedly exposed himself in Piedmont Park and subsequently ran from officers, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported at the time.

The sheriff later pleaded guilty to charges of prohibited conduct and obstruction, and was saddled with 80 hours of community service and a $2,000 fine.

The following month, the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council unanimously voted to revoke Sheriff Mann’s law enforcement certification, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

The sheriff appealed the certification revocation, and the matter is scheduled to go to court later this year, according to WSB.

If the decision is upheld, Sheriff Man will be removed from office, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Meanwhile, Deputy Perryman said that he never expected his 20-year law enforcement career to end the way it did.

He said that he had two decades of stellar service with his department, but that his record will now show that he resigned as opposed to having retired, WSB reported.

The former deputy said he doesn’t expect the incident to negatively affect his pay.

"My plan was to finish with the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office with 20 years of service and I got robbed from that," he told WSB.

Comments (47)
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JBo
JBo

" [Sheriff Jeffrey Mann] were totally upset over the Afro wig and told me that I disgraced the uniform,"

Perhaps if the sheriff had kept his penis in his pants, not been convicted of a crime and had his certification revoked in 2017...he might could say something about disgracing the uniform with out LEOs laughing at him.

jakki taylor
jakki taylor

This sucks for him and I feel it is unjust. My late husband was "suspended" on what should have been his last day of work before a surgery..leaving him on day short of his full 20 pension. Highland Heights Ohio PD made it a punishable offense to challenge a council woman's residency AFTER she moved outside of the city.

oldbat
oldbat

should a sad state of affairs. 20yrs and the pervert Sheriff makes him resign.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

At first glance I thought he got robbed too, but it sounds like he got himself fired for insubordination. I am guessing Sheriff Mann was kissing his bosses ass like crazy when he got into trouble.

LynnSB
LynnSB

Who the Fck cares if he wore a Wig -- people do it all the time -- more fcking Ignorant shit to deny a man from his hard worked Pension !!! SUE THERE ASSES !!!!

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

What rule did he violate? Is there a rule against wearing natural colored wigs for a person who is folically challenged? Maybe he didn't want his head to be sunburned while directing traffic, and the wig provided appropriate PPE.

Being forced to resign 3 days before retirement is a pussy move by the soon to be former sheriff. I would have told them to terminate the deputy, which would allow him to have a stronger appeal case for this absurd case over the punishment not fitting the crime, as well as when he sued for wrongful termination.

dcoskrey
dcoskrey

Damn … a black guy can't wear an afro wig for a gag.

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

You have got to be fucking kidding me!!!! What a god damn joke...fuck you sheriff dickhead!!!!!

flybynight
flybynight

Are you telling me the sheriff ran through a park with his sticker pecking out and he's still sheriff?!!!!!! Something very wrong with that picture!!!! Sue the bastards!!!

AnnykaV
AnnykaV

Yeah, civil service rules should protect his pension

Vodkabreakfast
Vodkabreakfast

Heartless. Misguided. Ungrateful. The Arctic is not as cold as this heavy handed and disrespectful penalty.

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

Sheriff "Dangle His Dingle" is an idiot. His perception of what does and doesn't disgrace the uniform is more than skewed.

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

Wearing a wig is grounds for firing yet Mr Ding A Ling is still on the job???? Wow..talk about hypocrisy

militans Deo
militans Deo

How the fuck do they force him to resign? He is retiring and has already turned in the papers. Tell them to kiss his ass and let the 3 days go bay. They can suspend him or do whatever they want, but they cannot do an investigation and issue punishment in 2 days.

Lesstalkmoreaction
Lesstalkmoreaction

This was a judgement call from a man with documented bad judgement.

tfort
tfort

Was the Afro wig part of the approve uniform? If not, shut up and go home. You did this to himself.

reverett456117502
reverett456117502

Take sick leave for 3 days and tell him to go to hell!

Mrdan
Mrdan

Since when is illegal to wear a afro whether it be a wig or your regular hair do ? Everyone from cops to kids wore a afro back in the 70's some people are wearing them today, I see nothing wrong with this picture this pervert of a sheriff' beds to locked up

Gramercy
Gramercy

I see nothing wrong with wearing an afro wig. NOTHING!

gfc1963
gfc1963

I can understand a white guy getting wrong (maybe) but a black guy?? The Chief is just an idiot.

GForce48
GForce48

Forcing a resignation is idiotic for sure!

bryantrent
bryantrent

So stupid

Wish505
Wish505

What in the world is going on with the command structure in LE today. It is the fault of the people who have elected those idiots into positions who are making up these stupid rules.

Storm45
Storm45

If he was white, in today's snowflake environment, I could see the moral entrepreneurs getting their diapers in a bunch, but he is a black guy for crying out loud. Ever notice the do gooders have no sense of humor. They are miserable in their own pathetic lives and are going to be sure everyone else is too.

pixiepup
pixiepup

That is awful to make him resign for that! Sue them! They r just trying to keep your money!

vwiles34
vwiles34

Totally sucks, I'd have made them suspend me and before the ink dried I'd have my full 20yrs. This sheriff sounds like a real POS on the wrong side of the bars.

ForestRon
ForestRon

The guy is bald and he just wanted to see what it was like to have hair again. His own black afro hair. What if a bald White cop wore a White man wig to work, would he be fired? Appeal it to court and stuff it up the Sheriff's rear...

50wt
50wt

I wonder how actual this story is. He could have called in sick for three days, contested the firing with the Union or Police Guild/Association. It is rare now days a Law Enforcement Officer can be fired within one day. If he still gets his retirement, what is the problem?

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

Hmmmm... a black man wearing an afro wig. Sounds highly suspicious to me as you seldom see a black man sporting an afro!!

Big Dollar
Big Dollar

This is disgusting. I cannot believe that something so petty would rob this man of a twenty yr retirement. I challenge anyone to try 20yrs in his shoes b4 judging this man. There was no public outrage over this incident, people were laughing and taking pictures.(which by the way is rare these days for LEO's) I was born in Georgia but moved to SC because of the way people in Government Positions . The people of Atlanta need to step up and fight for this man who gave 20 damn years of his life protecting the people and there children businesses. STEP UP PEOPLE DONT LET THIS HAPPEN.

Medic4183
Medic4183

This is simply a DISGRACE!!! Let this man finish his days and go out with a funny light hearted bang! In this line of work you gotta have a sense of humor or you’ll never make it! The Sheriff is the one who needs let go! County Judge or Mayor - whom ever needs to fire that man!

adammcculler
adammcculler

They were not upset about the wig. For some reason..you were targeted my friend..If I were you I would investigate further..this is bull-hockey!

SheepDog104
SheepDog104

What's the difference if he wore an afro wig or totally had hair styled the same way. What a bunch of BS. I am 2 weeks away from my retirement after 30 years. I better not dye my grey hair, I might have to resign before I retire. This is costing this master deputy pay. Glad I don't work for this A-hole sheriff.

61mouse
61mouse

I'll wait for the REAL STORY TO COME OUT