Clinton County Sheriff Kay Riddle has been suspended by the county's fiscal court for allegedly not executing a bond required by law. In a letter of notification to Riddle, the court says, "You have failed to provide proof of your sheriff's bond. As you are aware, KRS 70.020 requires that the sheriff execute a bond for the faithful performance of the duties of his office."
The suspension will remain in place until Riddle complies with the request to execute such a bond.
The suspension, effective last Thursday, comes with an announcement Monday that Riddle has agreed to reimburse the Clinton County Fiscal Court for almost $75,000 in taxes collected during 1997 and 1998 that were never turned over to the county.
"The fiscal court felt compelled to pursue it, did pursue it, and fortunately now did collect it or is on the verge of collecting that money," says Ryan Reed, Fiscal Court attorney.
Sheriff Riddle will pay $10,000 initially out of his own pocket, with the rest being paid by his insurance company. However, Riddle is expected to reimburse the insurance company dollar-for-dollar out of his own personal funds.
But the questions surrounding Riddle's handling of county taxes aren't over. A state audit found irregularities with the 2001 and 2002 tax returns, as well.
"The best we can say is that we're closing chapter one on what will probably be an ongoing issue with the sheriff and his tax collections," Reed says.