Kinman to remain Carroll Co. sheriff despite arrest

Updated: Mar. 24, 2017 at 10:56 AM EDT
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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.

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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."

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Chief Deputy Rodney Hawkins currently is supervising the sheriff's office. Kinman appointed Hawkins to the role of chief deputy in November 2014.

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