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Former Baker County manager captured in Bradford County

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Updated: 5/24/2013 8:09 pm
MACCLENNY, Fla. -- A former manager in Baker County has been captured in Bradford County today after being on the run.

Jason Griffis is a former Baker County manager, corrections officer and as of this week, a man on the run.

Griffis, 40, of Macclenny was arrested last Saturday for criminal mischief and making threats against a city employee.

According to Maj. Gerald Gonzalez, Griffis showed up at the home of Timothy Dugger, a man whopolice say is dating Griffis' ex-wife, and threatened to kill him.

Gonzalez says, Griffis then smashed the driver's side window of his work truck and damaged the back window and fender of his personal vehicle.

Griffis' ex-wife was also present when the incident occurred.

"He made threats, apparently to him over the telephone that he was in fact going to kill him," said Maj. Gerald Gonzalez with the Baker County Sheriff's Office.

Griffis bonded out of jail Tuesday under the strict condition he not have any contact with his ex-wife.

Gonzalez says Griffis violated a temporary restraining order by contacting his ex-wife upon his release from jail.

A judge issued a $100,000 warrant for his arrest.

Sheriff Joey Dobson tells Action News deputies captured Griffis in Bradford County this afternoon. Investigators had a hunch he was hiding out in a surrounding county. He was extradited back to the Baker County jail today.

Action News did some digging and found out Griffis served as county manager for two and a half years. He oversaw everything from the fire department to the county's finances.

He was fired by commissioners, accused of falsifying documents and racking up lunch and cell phone charges at the county's expense.

As a corrections officer, Griffis was charged with the death of an inmate. He was found not guilty of that charge in 2002.

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