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      Judge makes ruling in Dougherty County lawsuit against state

      A judge has made a ruling in the Dougherty County sheriff's lawsuit against the state.

      / Cody Long


      A judge has made a ruling in the Dougherty County sheriff's lawsuit against the state.

      The sheriff's office filed suit to collect unpaid process service fees from the Georgia Department of Human Service's Division of Child Support Services. Sheriff Kevin Sproul was attempting to collect more than $100,000 his office hasn't been paid for service process papers to collect child support.

      The judge ruled the state must pay the sheriffs' fees for service of process at the time of filing. The plaintiffs are entitled to recover service and process fees.

      "Obviously we were pleased with the ruling," Colonel Mark Shirley said. "It was a ruling that we expected but we are realists and we understand this is the first of many steps in the process there's resolution to the case."

      County Attorney Spencer Lee says this could potentially go to the state Supreme Court and make law in Georgia.

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