Bulloch County Paramedic Resigns After Arrest for Stealing Narcotics on the Job

A Bulloch County Paramedic Supervisor is no longer working for the county after an arrest stemming from allegations that he was stealing narcotics led him to resign.

The Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office arrested Robbie Doy Mallard of Portal on May 28, 2024 on three felony charges and one misdemeanor charge.

Mallard did not appear in the daily booking report releases or the daily incident reports provided to the media by the sheriff’s office and the public jail inmate portal for the Bulloch County Jail, which lists all current and previous inmates, also has no record of Mallard being booked into the facility at any time.

The warrants taken out by the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office, however, were ultimately filed in the Clerk’s Office and made available for public review. They alleged the following: 

  1. Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance – for having Fentanyl in his possession
  2. Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance – for having Morphine in his possession
  3. Possession of a Schedule V Controlled Substance – for having Phenergan in his possession
  4. Theft by Taking – for unlawfully taking Fentanyl, Morphine, Benadryl, and Phenergan from Bulloch County Emergency Medical Services with a value of less than $1,500.01. 

The incidents, according to the warrants, were alleged to have occurred sometime between November 16, 2023 and May 13, 2024.

TheGeorgiaVirtue.com filed an Open Records Request with the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office seeking Mallard’s booking photo and the initial incident report. 

BCSO responded to the request for additional documents by saying “We do not have a booking photo listed for Mallard, Robbie Doy.” When asked why there was no booking photo for Mallard, the Sheriff’s office responded that “There is no booking photo available at this time.”

The incident report, completed by Deputy Walter Deal, provided to TheGeorgiaVirtue.com in the Open Records Request notes an incident location of 26 W. Grady Street in Statesboro, which is the Bulloch EMS station across from the Statesboro Police Department.

The narrative reads: “ON MONDAY AFTERNOON, 5/13/2024, I WAS REQUESTED TO GO MEET WITH BULLOCH COUNTY PUBLIC SAFETY DIRECTOR RANDY TILLMAN AT HIS OFFICE. DIRECTOR TILLMAN STATED HE HAD BEEN INFORMED OF A THEFT FROM BULLOCH COUNTY EMS AND REQUESTED THAT BULLOCH COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE INVESTIGATE THE INCIDENT.”

The case was subsequently turned over to the criminal investigations division and, at the conclusion of the investigation, warrants were taken out for Mallard’s arrest.

Mallard was booked into the Bulloch County Jail on May 28, 2024 and, according to bond paperwork, was released on his own recognizance the same day. Sheriffs in Georgia have discretion on releasing individuals, however, felony drug offenses often go before a Magistrate Judge for a first appearance or a Superior Court Judge for a bond hearing before being released. There are a number of individuals in the Bulloch County Jail awaiting a bond to be set for their felony drug possession charges.

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Mallard’s criminal case is currently awaiting further court action. 

Employment & Resignation

According to Mallard’s personnel file obtained under the Georgia Open Records Act, an investigation was opened into Mallard on May 13, 2024 and he was placed on leave without pay. In a letter provided to Mallard by Director of Public Safety Randy Tillman, Mallard was told: “I have recently become aware that you may have engaged in inappropriate and prohibited conduct involving misuse of county supplies. These allegations are currently being investigated.” 

He was barred from contacting other county employees or returning to the workplace.

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Mallard “retired,” effective immediately, while under investigation on May 24, 2024. Because he did not give notice, he forfeited 80 hours of vacation, per county policy.

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An email from EMS Director Brian Hendrix included in Mallard’s personnel file advised Mallard that the county accepts his retirement resignation, but it would be recorded as resignation while under investigation. The email further states that Mallard admitted to some of the county personnel policy violations alleged against him.

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His most recent employee evaluation listed him as a Shift Supervisor, Captain, and Full-time paramedic, but his personnel file indicates that Mallard worked for Bulloch County since 1995.

Prior to his arrest and resignation, Mallard had exemplary employee evaluations with notations of repeated instances of ‘exceeding expectations.’ The most recent employee evaluation of Mallard, completed in January 2024 by EMS Director Brian Hendrix, noted that “Robbie has made several improvements to c shift over the last year. will continue to be an important part of Leadership at EMS while we forward and expand.”

Mallard Warrants
Mallard ROR bond
Mallard placed on leave without pay pending investigation
Mallard retirement/resignation letter
Hendrix receipt of Mallard resignation

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Jessica Szilagyi

Jessica Szilagyi is Publisher of TGV News. She focuses primarily on state and local politics as well as issues in law enforcement and corrections. She has a background in Political Science with a focus in local government and has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Georgia.

Jessica is a "Like It Or Not" contributor for Fox5 in Atlanta and co-creator of of the Peabody Award-nominated podcast 'Prison Town.'

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