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Sheriff Smith Added to Lawsuit

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Athens County Sheriff Rodney Smith has been added as a defendant in a federal lawsuit filed by a former deputy sheriff. The Athens Messenger previously reported that an attorney representing former sheriff’s deputy Shannon Sheridan filed a motion in U.S. District Court  to add Smith to a lawsuit Sheridan filed last year against then-sheriff Patrick… Read More

Third Case Filed By Fired, Rehired, Then Fired Sheriff’s Deputy

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Another appeal has been filed with the State Personnel Board of Review concerning the second termination of a former Athens County sheriff’s office deputy. A case filed in late March by Shannon Sheridan is the third filed since his initial termination in June 2012. The case filed in 2012 dealt with the initial termination —… Read More

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Athens County Democrats Appoint Smith As Sheriff Once Again

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Athens County Democrats have appointed a new sheriff for the fourth time. After being appointed for the first time one-year ago this month, Rodney Smith was appointed to Acting Athens County Sheriff by the Democratic Central Committee on Wednesday. The county commissioners and the democratic committee chose Smith as Interim Athens County sheriff to take… Read More

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County Will Try To Recover Compensation Given To Kelly

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The Athens County Commissioners voted unanimously Thursday to file a civil action against former sheriff Patrick Kelly to try to recover compensation Kelly received while under suspension awaiting trial. Kelly was found guilty Feb. 12 in Athens County Common Pleas Court of 18 felony charges and is scheduled to be sentenced March 20. The Ohio… Read More