Hemphill County Attorney releases statement on Sheriff resignation

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CANADIAN, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — Hemphill County Attorney Kyle Miller released a joint statement with County Judge, George Briant, on Wednesday regarding Sheriff Nathan Lewis’ resignation.

“The release of the TCOLE investigation and reprimand against Sheriff Lewis raised serious concerns for Hemphill County.  The issues raised therein prompted the county attorney to ask for Sheriff Lewis’s resignation, in the best interest of Hemphill County and its residents.  It is our hope this will allow the community to heal from its divisions and move forward:  healthy, vibrant, unique, and unified.  Hemphill County remains a wonderful community, and its prospects for the future are brighter still.” 

It all comes down to the documents released last week by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) about Lewis.

As we reported last week, according to the TCOLE documents, Hemphill County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Brent Clapp reported possible fraudulent training reports submitted by Sheriff Lewis back in May.

Lewis was reprimanded by TCOLE for making up officer field training hours for three deputies and himself, as well as fabricated word documents meant to supplement as documentation for that training.

RELATED: Hemphill County sheriff reprimanded for tampering with governmental records, documents show

A Hemphill County Commissioner confirmed to Myhighplains staff, Clapp was fired by Lewis on November 4.

We also received Lewis’ resignation letter on Wednesday.

However, we called the sheriff’s department Wednesday asking for an interview with Lewis and were told he no longer works there.

The Hemphill County Commission will meet Friday at 5:10 p.m. to formally accept Lewis’ resignation and name an interim sheriff.

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