Sheriff's Lieutenant Who Was On Suspension Decides To Retire

Thursday, August 7, 2014

A Hamilton County sheriff's lieutenant who was on suspension has decided to retire.

Sheriff Jim Hammond said the retirement of Lt. Rick Hamrick will be effective Sept. 1.

He had been suspended with pay on June 10 pending the outcome of an ongoing internal affairs investigation.

The probe involved the purchase and disposition of food for jurors during trials.

The matter had been referred to the district attorney's office for possible criminal action, and an Internal Affairs investigation was also started.

Sheriff Hammond said as of Aug. 1 Lt. Hamrick was no longer on the payroll, but was using his accrued leave time.

Lt. Hamrick supervised the court officers. The sheriff said Capt. Ron Parson will be over the officers. He said existing officers are able to apply for a new corporal position that will be second in command to Capt. Parson over the court officers.

Sheriff Hammond said, "Lt. Hamrick had a long career of about 30 years at the sheriff's office that was exemplary except for this last situation."

Lee Davis, attorney for Lt. Hamrick, said, "Rick, after 33 years of service, has decided to retire effective Sept. 1. This will allow for a smooth transition of his responsibilities to others in the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department.  

"The dispute over juror lunches is regrettable, but there is no evidence of any crime or wrongdoing, perhaps a misunderstanding of policy. The matter is now over. All of us who have worked with Lt. Hamrick in the Courts Building appreciate his many years of service in keeping the courts safe and secure."

 


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