I have long been concerned about whether or not our sheriff's, past and present, run a background check on the officers they hire. In a recent meeting with Mike Frost, this topic came up. I questioned whether it made sense to have a detective who had been arrested in the past for selling drugs out of a Benton PD squad car. In response to my question, I was given a sermon on forgiveness.
Likewise, the fact that another current employee, who appears to be an administrator of Pennington's Bruce4Sheriff website, also has a "checkered" past. I just don't understand how you can expect respect for an administration that doesn't mind that their deputies have a criminal background.
On July 18, 2005, Richard Scott, Saline County Deputy Sheriff, was arrested for 3rd degree domestic battery. The investigating officer wrote in his report that Scott was drinking at a bar in Little Rock where his X-wife was a waitress. Scott wanted her to enter a wet shirt contest and she refused. He became angy and punched her in the left eye where she had visible injuries. The officer states that Scott was visibly intoxicated. He was transported to jail.