(John Boyle) Periodically, this question arises, and I’m hearing it again now: Should local sheriffs be elected or appointed? With recent events in Henderson County slowly playing themselves out, it again puts a spotlight on just how powerful — and somewhat untouchable — local sheriffs are.
A quick recap: Henderson County has paid a $5,000 deductible in a legal settlement between Sheriff Rick Davis and a female deputy, and one Henderson County resident says allegations against the sheriff include sexual harassment and possible inappropriate behavior.
When all this started really heating up, Davis issued a statement Nov. 23, saying he has “manic bipolar disorder” and would be using accrued sick leave to seek treatment. He’s not sought the county’s permission for this leave and, as an elected official, really doesn’t have to.
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