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 ( 3 )
  • Ann Hatley

     | about 5 months ago This sheriff slandered this officers name and terminated his based on what he "thought ". Officer cleared and was not dishonest nor guilty of this.

  • See all comments
More Stories
Photo courtesy IMMI/SafeGuard

4 Keys for Enforcing Seat Belt Use

Although buckling up is a habit for many kids, bus drivers need a policy, training, and community support behind them for successful enforcement. Convertible seats help with implementation.

Robert Sumwalt has been sworn in as the National Transportation Safety Board’s 14th chairman. Photo courtesy NTSB

Robert Sumwalt Named Chairman of NTSB

Sumwalt’s nomination for a two-year term by President Donald Trump is confirmed by the Senate and he is sworn in. Sumwalt has been serving as the agency’s acting chairman since March 31.

Video from a North Carolina school bus shows three cars hitting the bus one after the other, then speeding off. Shown here is an image from the video, which the Wilmington Police Department shared on its Facebook page.

3 Cars Hit North Carolina School Bus

School bus video footage shows the cars hitting the left side of the bus one after the other and speeding off after the bus driver drops off a student. 

Be the First to Know

Get the latest news and most popular articles from SBF delivered straight to your inbox. Stay on top of the school bus industry and don't miss a thing!