Henderson County commissioners issued a letter last week requesting information from Sheriff Rick Davis and set a deadline of 5 p.m. Monday, but under North Carolina law, Davis is under no obligation to reply.Read the full article
The potential standoff illustrates the autonomy of elected sheriffs and has spawned conversation about whether that power structure is appropriate.
The letter, written by county Board of Commissioners Chairman Tommy Thompson, asks Davis to make public the details of any claim made against him while he was acting as sheriff which may have been covered by the county’s insurers.
Just about two weeks before the commissioners issued the letter to Davis, the sheriff announced he was taking a leave of absence to deal with a diagnosis of manic bipolar disorder. In his statement, Davis said his behavior had become “erratic” and that he yelled at employees and made “bizarre decisions.”
In an interview last week, Commissioner Larry Young said he thought it might be time to consider the creation of a county police agency responsible for law enforcement.