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Indicted clerk of courts Teresa Tucker voluntarily suspended
Sikes sworn in as interim clerk
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Charles Sikes has been named interim deputy clerk in charge of the office after former clerk Teresa Tucker was granted a request to be suspended from the office.

Charles Sikes is the interim Bulloch County clerk of courts, after Teresa Tucker requested, and was granted, a voluntary suspension from the elected office.
Tucker, one of five current and former clerk of courts employees indicted in July on felony theft by conversion and violation of oath of public office charges, asked Gov. Nathan Deal for the voluntary suspension.
After that, on Wednesday, Bulloch County Probate Judge Lee DeLoach swore in Charles Sikes as interim clerk of courts.
Sikes had been named interim deputy clerk in charge of the office after the indictments were issued.
Tucker, former clerk Sherri Akins, deputy clerk Leatha Deloach and former deputy clerks Marion Puckett Williams and Amanda Kay Smith were indicted July 8 after a nearly three-year investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
All five were charged with felony theft by conversion and violation of oath by public officer. Williams and Smith also are charged with public records fraud.
All pleaded not guilty to those charges during a formal arraignment earlier this month.
In the interim, Sikes, a former GBI special agent-in-charge for the Statesboro office, took over leadership of the clerk’s office. All five defendants have bond conditions requiring them to  not work or volunteer anywhere they have access to public funds or computer access to government or financial data, according to the case file.
If Tucker is found not guilty, she can return to her office. But if she is convicted or pleads guilty, a special election will be held to permanently fill the position, according to Bulloch County staff attorney Jeff Akins.
In the meantime, Sikes said he looks forward to helping maintain services to Bulloch County residents.
“The other deputy clerks, support personnel and I look forward to continuing serving the citizens of Bulloch, the courts and the legal community,” he said. “If we may be of service, kindly make your needs known.”
Sikes, 67, was first appointed by Bulloch County Superior Court Judge William Woodrum in accordance with state law, Jeff Akins said.
Because Tucker requested to be formally suspended, Deloach appointed Sikes as interim clerk, per state law, Sikes said Friday.
A Candler County native, Sikes has lived in Statesboro since 1973. He retired in 2001 after 30 years of service with the GBI. A Vietnam veteran, he retired from the Georgia National Guard in 1997.
He served as Bulloch County Probation Department director for three years and is an alumnus of Georgia Military College, Georgia College, and Georgia Southern University.
He graduated the FBI National Academy in 1977, as well as the U.S. Army Command and Staff College.
He is married to Cynthia Sikes, and the couple have three adult children and three grandchildren.
Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.

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