CARROLLTON, KY (WAVE) - Carroll County Sheriff Jamie Kinman cannot be removed from his position by law, despite his arrest on criminal charges, according to a news release from Carroll County Judge Executive Bobby Lee Westrick.
Kinman is charged with two counts of burglary and two counts of theft of a controlled substance. The arrest was made by the Kentucky State Police Drug Enforcement/Special Investigations unit.
"According to Kentucky law, Jamie Kinman will remain as Sheriff of Carroll County until such time as he either resigns or is convicted of a felony or high misdemeanor and then removed in a proceeding brought by the Commonwealth's Attorney," Westrick said. "As such, neither I nor the Carroll County Fiscal Court has the power to remove Sheriff Kinman from office or otherwise discipline him."
Chief Deputy Rodney Hawkins currently is supervising the sheriff's office. Kinman appointed Hawkins to the role of chief deputy in November 2014.