Carroll Co. sheriff fires whistleblower deputy who sued him

Carroll Co. sheriff fires whistleblower deputy who sued him
Published: Nov. 6, 2014 at 7:35 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 13, 2014 at 7:35 PM EST
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CARROLLTON, KY (WAVE) - The whistleblower in a case that led to the indictment of Carroll County Sheriff Jamie Kinman was terminated from his position as chief deputy on Thursday by Kinman himself.

Kinman won reelction as Carroll County sheriff during the November 4 general election, receiving 1,658 votes. Shaw received 1,382 votes as a write-in candidate for sheriff.

"The indictment came out against him for two criminal charges him on Monday. The election was Tuesday. Then I was terminated Thursday, today," JT Shaw said.

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Kinman is accused of tampering with physical evidence and official misconduct. He's still on the job.

The whistleblower - isn't.

"I think there is a real correlation to it because ever since he found out I was cooperating with Kentucky State Police and that I wasn't going to be dishonest things started to happen to me. He started to retaliate against me," Shaw said.

Retaliation resulted in termination, according to Shaw. The sheriff said that's not the case and offered this statement through his attorney Jeff Mando:

Sheriff Jamie Kinman terminated JT Shaw this morning for multiple unexcused absences from work and insubordination. The termination had absolutely nothing to do with JT Shaw's lawsuit or the election and was based solely on Shaw's actions and conduct.

"That's not true. It's public record. Mr. Mando can pull the records and see if I missed work," Shaw said.

In August 2014, Shaw filed a lawsuit against Kinman, Carroll County and the sheriff's office, claiming he was targeted for retaliation after reporting that drug evidence was planted in a former deputy's patrol car.

A grand jury handed up a two-count indictment against Kinman earlier in November, alleging that between November 1 and December 31, 2013, Kinman committed the offenses of tampering with physical evidence and official misconduct. According to the indictment, Kinman "destroyed, mutilated, concealed, removed or altered physical evidence, which he believed was about to be used [against him in an] official proceeding.

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