WAAY Channel 31 reports....
A Lawrence County law enforcement officer said he requested an investigation of himself that resulted in his paid suspension. Timothy McWhorter, chief of staff and operations for the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office, was suspended effective January 26, 2018 per a letter from Sheriff Gene Mitchell.
In a statement released Thursday evening, McWhorter states that three weeks ago, his duties as custodian of evidence were transferred to the Chief Investigator per Mitchell's decision.
In a letter to Mitchell dated Monday, January 22, 2018, McWhorter said the specifics of the allegations were not made known to him and that he had "never done anything intentionally inappropriate with evidence, or any other property while acting as the custodian of evidence.
In a statement issued on Thursday, McWhorter said Mitchell told him that McWhorter's integrity was not in question.
McWhorter used the January 22 letter to request an investigation in order to clear the air and his name from the allegations. Mitchell granted that request. An outside agency was requested to conduct the investigation, but Mitchell didn't elaborate in his letter which agency.