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WEB UPDATE: Former Sheriff Michelle Mitchell Fires Back

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Sex parties?

Sheriff C.T. Woody claimed during an interview with Style that they were a means of advancement at the jail during the administration of former Richmond Sheriff Michelle B. Mitchell.

Mitchell isn't taking kindly to Woody's charges. In a letter to the current sheriff that she copied to Style, Mitchell writes that she's consulted with a lawyer who advised the statement was slanderous and "potentially libelous."

In the March 26 letter she demands that the "Urban Legend" publicly apologize in the form of a half-page ad published "in all major print media outlets in the Richmond Metropolitan area."

"Your statements represent a deliberate attempt to demean my character, lower my standing in the community, and greatly affect my personal life," Mitchell wrote, referring to Woody's quote in a March 21 cover story in Style detailing jail administrative gaffes under the new administration. Woody's statement contrasted the fairness of his promotions process with what occurred under Mitchell's administration.

Woody's quote: "Under the old administration, if you couldn't play softball … if you didn't go to sex parties and drink with certain people, and if you wasn't in the clique, they didn't care how knowledgeable you were - wasn't going to get promoted."

A former jail human-resources director, who served under Mitchell, contradicted Woody's assertions. She oversaw the promotions process and helped select individuals who sat on the promotions board.

Style also obtained copies of various written policies, including the promotions policy, under both Woody and Mitchell. Neither mentions sex parties or softball.

A representative for Mitchell declined to comment further on the letter. "She said to tell you, 'I think the letter speaks for itself,'" the representative says.

Woody's spokeswoman, Tara Dunlop, also declined to comment. S



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