Georgia Sheriff Defends Spending on Donald Trump Rally

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, in Myrtle Beach, S.C. (AP Photo/Willis Glassgow)

MACON, Ga. (AP) – A Georgia sheriff is defending his office spending $15,000 to assist the Secret Service when Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump came to Macon in November.

Bibb County Sheriff David Davis tells the Macon Telegraph (http://bit.ly/1PnV0OC ) that his office spent about $15,000 on overtime expenses to help secure the Macon Coliseum and provide a motorcade for Trump on Nov. 30.

Davis notes that cities frequently must absorb the cost of security when presidential candidates – or the president – comes to town.

Davis was responding to public criticism from former Macon Mayor Jack Ellis, who argued that some local governments are reimbursed when national figures visit.

The sheriff said he honored a Secret Service request. The federal agency has protected Trump and fellow GOP candidate Ben Carson since earlier this fall.

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