Sikes, a 67 year old former GBI special agent-in-charge of the Statesboro office, was sworn in by Probate Judge Lee DeLoach. He was initially appointed to the position by Bulloch County Superior Court Judge William Woodrum. Sikes is a Candler County native but has lived in Statesboro since 1973. After 30 years he retired from the GBI.
Tucker is one of five current and past employees who have been indicted for felony theft of funds by conversion and violation of oath of office.
Following a lengthy probe by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation current Clerk Tucker, deputy clerk Leatha Deloach, former clerk Sherri Akins and former deputy clerks Marion Puckett Williams and Amanda Kay Smith were indicted by a Bulloch County Grand Jury in July. They entered pleas of not guilty in a formal arraignment earlier this month. Trial dates are expected to be set in September.
Tucker will be able to return to office if she is acquitted of the charges. If she should be convicted or change her plea to guilty she can be sent to prison and a special election will be held to find a permanent replacement.