Safety

Deputy Cited for Passing School Bus, Fired for Ethics Violation

Thomas McMahon
Posted on February 13, 2017
A sheriff’s deputy in Arkansas was fired for giving conflicting accounts of an incident in which he was accused of passing a stopped school bus.
A sheriff’s deputy in Arkansas was fired for giving conflicting accounts of an incident in which he was accused of passing a stopped school bus.

HEBER SPRINGS, Ark. — A sheriff’s deputy here was cited for passing a stopped school bus and then fired for giving conflicting accounts of the incident.

The deputy, who worked for the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office, was accused of driving his patrol car past the bus as it was unloading students.

Sheriff Chris Brown said in a press release on Wednesday that after getting a complaint about the incident on Feb. 2, statements from witnesses and the deputy were taken. During the investigation, the deputy was placed on administrative leave.

The name of the deputy was not included in the press release, but the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette identified him as Todd Maxey, 44.

Brown said the investigation found that “the deputy had indeed committed the traffic violation,” and he was cited for the offense of passing a stopped school bus.

Also, the internal investigation found that the deputy “violated the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics by providing contradicting stories of the above incident,” according to Brown, and the deputy was fired for the ethics violation. The sheriff noted that the passing of the school bus was not a determining factor in the termination.

“Any time an ethics violation occurs, it will be investigated, and proper and fair action will be taken,” Brown said. “We believe that transparency is vital to a thriving and productive relationship with the citizens we serve.”

Related Topics: Arkansas, law enforcement, school bus stops, stop-arm running/illegal passing

Thomas McMahon Executive Editor
Comments ( 4 )
  • Heath Grant

     | about 5 months ago

    Do a lil research,this is a mess ,Possible that this Sheriff and the officers involved in the fake investigation will be looking for employment elsewhere in 2019. At the court case for the traffic violation,the bus video shows no traffic violation,no kids were exiting the bus. And the bus is making an illegal stop per Arkansas law.the officer has been found not guilty of all charges,Very good Officer in my County,that had his reputation tarnished by a very poor investigation and piss poor leadership at the Sheriffs dept. And to my knowledge the Bus is continuing to make this illegal stop in an intersection..instead of unloading in the store parking lot the way they pick up in the mornings,so If you are concerned about safety of children,lobby The Westside Greers Ferry School District in Cleburne County Arkansas

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