Jerrod Fredricks, who was arrested Feb. 27 on a felony charge of interference with law enforcement and bonded out of jail later that day, now is on paid administrative leave, Lisa Johnson, Franklin County administrator, confirmed Monday. Johnson would not comment on the county’s pending personnel matters, including when or if Fredricks, who has served as master deputy and former public information officer with the sheriff’s office, might return to his post. An open records request for more information on Fredricks’ employment status was declined by the county.
The sheriff’s office has designated Det. Sgt. Shane Pruitt as its acting public information officer in Fredricks’ absence.
Franklin County Sheriff Jeff Curry also was arrested Feb. 27 on a felony charge of interference with law enforcement, in addition to a misdemeanor charge of official misconduct. Curry cannot be placed on paid administrative leave, as the Franklin County Personnel Rules and Pay Plan does not apply to elected officials, Johnson said.
Shortly after Curry’s arrest, Franklin County Attorney Stephen Hunting filed a petition for ouster that would formally remove the sheriff from office if Curry doesn’t resign. The first hearing for Curry’s ouster proceedings was set for 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Franklin County District Court, 301 S. Main St., Ottawa.