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Details yet to be released on investigation of Franklin County Sheriff’s Office

October 24, 2012

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Franklin County administrator Lisa Johnson said that her office has not been notified of any new developments in a state investigation into the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.

In September, warrants were served by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation to the sheriff’s office, a sheriff’s office spokesman said. But no details have been released about what was seized, and the Franklin County Commission voted not to publicly release information about the warrants. The sheriff’s office has declined to provide more detail about the investigation, while the KBI has not confirmed or denied that an investigation is occurring.

Franklin County Attorney Stephen Hunting said he requested that the Shawnee County District Attorney’s Office act as a special prosecutor in the case, and the office accepted. Hunting, though, would not comment on whether the case originated from his office and would not provide any other details in the case.

In early October, the Journal-World filed an open records request with Franklin County for emails sent to and from Sheriff Jeff Curry’s office for a two-week period prior to the KBI search warrants being served. That request was denied because the volume of emails during that period placed “an unreasonable burden on the county to produce.”

Johnson said that no one from the sheriff’s office, run by Curry, has been suspended or otherwise removed from duty. Curry was appointed sheriff in 2010 and is running unopposed in the November general election.

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