ARCHER CO. (KFDX/KJTL) — The former fire chief and long time firefighter with Lakeside City Volunteer Fire Department has been charged with theft of fire department funds.
James Sons, 61, was booked in Archer County Jail just before 7 a.m. Friday and bonded out a couple of hours later.
The indictment filed June 5 alleged Sons on or about August 6, 2019 took funds of $2,500 or more, but less than $30,000 from Lakeside City Volunteer Fire Department.
Texoma’s Homepage has requested information from authorities and his arrest affidavit but have not received it at the time of publication.
Sons was recognized in May of last year for 19 years of service as a firefighter.
Current Fire Chief Lonnie Hare told KFDX news that an internal investigation revealed misconduct by a member and that member was removed from the fire department and the case turned over to the Archer County Sheriff’s Office immediately.
He said the department has made changes in their procedures to ensure citizens’ donations are safe.
Archer County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Simon Dwyer said the case was handed over to the Texas Rangers to investigate.
In late February the fire department broke ground for a new $1.2 million fire station on HWY 79 paid for with bonds.