Commissioners Strip Constable 4 of Office Amenities, Benefits

December 20, 2019 - An emergency meeting of the Shelby County Commissioners' Court was held December 20, 2019 at 1pm to consider an apparent issue relating to an elected official. 

As determined by the outcome of the meeting, the commissioners have removed all amenities pertaining to the office of Constable Precinct 4, Jake Metcalf.

The meeting began and quickly went into executive session. Those included in the executive session were commissioners Roscoe McSwain, Jimmy Lout and Tom Bellmyer along with County Judge Allison Harbison. They were joined by Stephen Shires, District Attorney; Gary Rholes, County Attorney; Clint Porterfield, County Auditor; and Ann Blackwell, County Treasurer. At 2:05pm the meeting re-opened for the commissioners to consider taking action on items discussed during the executive session.

A motion was made by Tom Bellmyer, Commissioner Precinct 4, to take possession of equipment and the vehicle of Constable Precinct 4, Jake Metcalf. He also stated there would be additional paperwork to be processed by Gary Rholes, County Attorney, to go along with the motion.

Rholes indicated an addition to the motion to include the keys belonging to the Constable office. 

Bellmyer added the keys to the Constable Precinct 4 office area and courtoom would also need to be taken into possession.

Rholes also indicated he would present a letter to Metcalf's attorney for Metcalf to forego his paycheck for the time being. 

This also included whatever benefits such as insurance, effective today, December 20, 2019.

The motion was seconded by Roscoe McSwain, Precinct 1 Commissioner, and the motion carried.

The meeting was then adjourned. 

Additional information as to why this action was taken is not yet available, and will be updated on Shelby County Today as it comes to light.