Cotton Co. Sheriff suspended

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The Cotton County Sheriff was suspended Monday after the board of commissioners filed a petition claiming neglect, recklessness and mismanagement.

The order of temporary suspension was signed Monday by Associate District Judge Michael Flanagan.

According to the petition, Kent Simpson, neglected the duties of his office by deliberately failing to make reports in several incidents including domestic violence calls, seizure of property and a burglary at Big Pasture School.

An affidavit also stated Simpson and Undersheriff Bobby Sparks, took an unknown amount of money from a suspect’s home and never charged the suspect with felony charge drugs despite the report stating Simpson had enough physical evidence.

The petition also claims Simpson mismanaged the Sheriff’s office by, delegating hiring and firing responsibilities to Sparks, who in turn hired his spouse and daughter, allowing Sparks to send a directive to other deputies on New Year’s Eve telling them to be reactive and “just take calls, no traffic,” which the petition stated is a violation of policy.

The petition stated Simpson was reckless by failing to properly train deputies and included an affidavit that shows from January 2017 to October 2018, the Cotton County Sheriff’s office had 164 calls directly from the reporting party, but only 22 reports. There were 24 domestic abuse calls, but only two were documented.

Tim King was sworn in as interim sheriff following Simpson’s suspension. King ran against Simpson in 2016, but was defeated. He previously worked for the Cotton County Sheriff’s Office and Walter’s Police Department.

Last year, Simpson’s son was arrested in connection with a chase on Christmas eve where Simpson was seriously injured. To read more about that case click here

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