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3 Franklin Sheriff Employees Under Scrutiny

Posted January 30, 2008

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— A Franklin County jailer is under investigation for embezzlement. It is the latest in a string of troubles for employees of the sheriff's department.

“It doesn't bode well with the community when all these things are going on,” Franklin County resident Leslie Riley said.

“It will get you to thinking, but I think Sheriff Green is doing everything he can," Louisburg resident Danny Mitchell said.

Franklin County Sheriff Pat Green inherited a mess when he took office at the end of 2006. He came in on the heels of a helicopter crash that killed a deputy and a questionable deal former Sheriff Jerry Jones made with the pilot.

Green promised he would run the sheriff's department with open and honest communication.

“We wear a badge. We're sworn to take an oath to protect the people and not violate the laws, to enforce the laws and I'm not going to allow people to work for me who violate the law,” Green said.

Green's had his hands full with internal issues this month.

On New Year's Eve, Deputy Crystal Mitchell struck and killed a pedestrian crossing Highway 39. She remains on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation into the accident.

Last week, Green fired Deputy Ricky Shearin after a grand jury indicted him. Shearin is accused of stealing guns out of a Louisburg home while on duty.

Recently, the State Bureau of Investigation launched a probe into whether jailer Melanie Allen embezzled funds from a Parent-Teacher Association.

Franklin County commissioners said the recent troubles do not reflect on Green.

“Even though it seems like a trend, I think it's just a series of coincidences that he had nothing to do with,” Franklin County historian Joseph Pearce said.

“Nobody else said being sheriff was going to be fun. You have to take the good with the bad and the bad with the good and just move on,” Green said.

Green plans to have his employees go through ethics training, he said.

Of the three investigations, only Shearin currently faces charges.

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  • MajorLeagueinfidel Feb 1, 2008

    It's sad, but it is comming to the light the calibur of people who choose law inforcement as a career these days.....
    dclark

    I think it's less a commentary on who is chosing Law Enforcement as a career these days versus a testament to the lack of values, commitment and work ethics of our society as a whole. Employes of all types have the same complaint...poor work ethics, calling in sick constantly, me first attitudes, insubordination, lack of initiative...the list continues. It just makes news because it's a COP...it's rampant everywhere...

  • VT1994Hokie Jan 31, 2008

    I watched the Sheriff interview with WRAL this morning. He has some bad apples, and I think that he will do what is right for the county. It is sad once again that we have so many corrupt law enforcement people.

  • ratherbnnc Jan 31, 2008

    Pritchett hired and then fired a Youngsville cop,the cop said it is racism and he was unjustly treated by Louisburg (former employee) and now Yville.Then the boy who was man handled by Fife or one of his Diggity Dog followers.The cases might be over but I am almost sure I saw earlier this week it was on the upcoming docket.
    PikeMom will support your kid

    What in the heck does this have to do at all With the Franklin County Sheriffs Department? Please tell me! I cant see anywhere in this arcticle where Larry "Walkin Small" Pritchett was mentioned.

  • PikeMom4real Jan 31, 2008

    Pritchett hired and then fired a Youngsville cop,the cop said it is racism and he was unjustly treated by Louisburg (former employee) and now Yville.Then the boy who was man handled by Fife or one of his Diggity Dog followers.The cases might be over but I am almost sure I saw earlier this week it was on the upcoming docket.

  • anonemoose Jan 31, 2008

    Ratherbnnc, you are right. Pat Green started with a clean slate on Jan5. He hand picked everybody wearing that uniform. The only thing he inherited from Jerry Jones was equipment and the problems he chose to adopt.

    WRAL, couldn't you have at least used a pic of the new decals?

    Pikemom, now that I am out of the floor, that Barney Fife in big boots comment killed me. That's even better than Walking Small. But what are the two lawsuits? I thought they had all been settled and everybody else was afraid to do anything.

  • ratherbnnc Jan 31, 2008

    How can Sheriff Green inherit a mess? Please tell me! Pat Green has been with the Franklin County Sheriffs Department in one capacity or another. He started years and years ago when William Dement was Sheriff, Then he worked for Arthur Johnson, Robert Redmond and Jerry Jones. I have known Pat for years and he is one of the good ole boys. Always has been!

  • Humungous Jan 31, 2008

    I think it's great that there is a utopian "inside the beltline" society that assumes control over the unworthy border counties. Note to critics: do the names Nifong, Black, Phipps, Meeker, etc. not sound familiar? Or will you claim they all have Franklin County heritage? Leave the fiction writing to the professionals or move to Hollywood.

  • dwsprag Jan 31, 2008

    In my observations on the Sheriff's department in the past 15 years or so, Sheriff Redmond's staff was not as well trained as Sheriff Jone's staff and from what I am seeing in Sheriff Green's staff it has taken a step back. Jerry Jones may have made a bad deal in the helicopter decision, but I do not think he did this on his own without approval from other county leaders. His deputies were getting the training they needed and they were in pretty good shape. I know that each Sheriff will hire his own deputies and you have a huge turnover in this area. It is becoming very important that this law enforcement agency is well scrutinized and have the proper training. It may be time for this position be hired and not elected. It may make for a better department and the deputies will be not turned over each election.

  • davidgnews Jan 31, 2008

    The best thing about going to Franklin County is leaving it !

  • PikeMom4real Jan 31, 2008

    Don't forget the 2 pending lawsuits against Chief Larry Pritchett in Younsville.The Barney Fife dude with the big boots.

    Not everyone in Franklin County does hire their kin.

    I agree,just the one's who hold office.

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