Franklin County, Kan., sheriff and deputy are charged with misconduct

The sheriff of Franklin County, Kan., Jeffry D. Curry, and one of his deputies were charged Wednesday with misconduct of duty.

Curry and Deputy Jerrod W. Fredricks, who also is public information officer for the department, were booked into the Wyandotte County Jail on Wednesday afternoon.

They were expected to post bond.

Curry is charged with the felony of interference with law enforcement, false report, and the misdemeanor of official misconduct.

Fredricks is charged with interference with law enforcement.

The first court appearance for both is next Wednesday.

The case was investigated by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. The charges were filed in Franklin County District Court by the Shawnee County district attorney’s office. That office was appointed special prosecutor by Franklin County Attorney Stephen Hunting.

Hunting said Tuesday that he also has filed a petition for ouster to remove Curry from his elective office. But he urged Curry to resign.

“I take no joy in this,” Hunting said at a press conference in the county seat of Ottawa, about 30 miles southwest of Olathe.

Neither Hunting nor the Shawnee County attorney’s office nor the KBI would discuss details of the alleged misconduct.

Hunting said the investigation, which has been under way at least since September, is ongoing.

The ouster petition is under seal by court order.

Curry cannot serve as sheriff while he is in custody, Hunting said, adding that the duty falls to the county clerk. If Curry posts bond, he may resume his responsibilities pending the resolution of the ouster petition.

Curry has been with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department since 1994 and was appointed sheriff in 2010. He was elected last year.

In October, he told The Ottawa Herald that a complaint had been filed and that the KBI was obligated to investigate it.