An Oklahoma sheriff and all her deputies resigned together - and now no one knows who's in charge

Posted On: Mar 20, 2019   |   Posted By: Business Insider

An Oklahoma sheriff and all her deputies resigned together - and now no one knows who's in charge

Nowata County Sheriff Terry Sue Barnett resigned with all of her deputies on Monday.
A judge had ordered her to house inmates in a jail rife with black mold, exposed wiring, and dangerously high carbon monoxide levels.
An interim sheriff was appointed and hopes to have deputies back on the job by Wednesday night, but sheriffs and police chiefs from neighboring counties have expressed confusion over who's in charge.
A local police chief and a spokeswoman for the Oklahoma Highway Patrol told INSIDER the agencies are happy to help out in the meantime - but they're unsure when deputies in Nowata County will return to their posts.
An Oklahoma sheriff, all of her deputies, the undersheriff, and much of the jail staff resigned on Monday, protesting what they describe as abysmal and dangerous conditions in the local jail.
A judge had ordered Sheriff Terry Sue Barnett to house inmates in the jail, but Barnett wrote in a resignation letter that doing so would violate both her conscience and the constitution. Barnett...

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