Hemphill County sheriff resigning due to falsified training reports

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Hemphill County officials released a statement Wednesday that said Sheriff Nathan Lewis is resigning because an investigation by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement found he doctored training reports, MyHighPlains.com reported.  

The statement from County Attorney Kyle Miller and County Judge George Briant said that Miller asked for Lewis’s resignation following the release of the investigation report “in the best interest of Hemphill County and its residents.”

TCOLE reprimanded Lewis earlier this month, finding that he had listed unsupported field training hours for himself and three deputies and fabricated documents in an attempt to document the training. Lewis told the TCOLE investigators he counted on-the-job activities such as taking inmates to and from jail as training, ABC 7 reported.

Chief Deputy Brent Clapp reported the fraudulent training reports to TCOLE in May and accused Lewis of “manufacturing a supplement” to his report on one case of a missing boy, before sending the case file to the district attorney’s office, ABC 7 reported. Lewis fired Clapp on Nov. 4.

Lewis, who has served as sheriff of the Panhandle county since September 2016, wrote in a letter to Briant that he was resigning, effective Friday. The Hemphill County Commissioners Court will meet Friday to accept the resignation and name an interim sheriff.

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