Chief Deputy To Temporarily Take Over Benton Co. Sheriff’s Office Duties
BENTON COUNTY (KFSM) — The campaign manager for Benton County Sheriff Kelley Cradduck said Thursday (Jan. 21) the sheriff’s chief deputy will assume his duties temporarily if Cradduck is out of the office for a meeting or to campaign.
Campaign manager Bill Adams said Chief Deputy Richie Conner has always had many command duties and the notice sent out to deputies was just an advisory so they know they can communicate with Cradduck through Conner. Adams said the notice is similar to a notice deputies would receive if the sheriff were to take several days off or be away on vacation.
Arkansas State Police arrested Cradduck Tuesday (Jan. 19) on suspicion of felony tampering with public records and misdemeanor tampering. The arrest stems from an investigation into accusations made by sheriff’s office employees who said Cradduck told them to backdate the start day of a new jailer in order to pay him for time he wasn’t working at the sheriff’s office.
In the past, Cradduck has said the accusations were politically motivated and he was not trying to pay the jailer illegally, but thought he should be paid for the time he spent going through the hiring and training process.