Fentress County officials are holding a special called meeting Monday night to begin the process of appointing a new sheriff after former Sheriff Chucky Cravens resigned amid an FBI investigation.
Cravens resigned in April after the FBI said they were looking into allegations of impropriety. Cravens later pleaded guilty to federal corruption and civil rights charges.
According to prosecutors, Cravens used his position as sheriff to solicit sex from, and have sex with three female inmates at the Fentress County Jail in exchange for giving them benefits at the jail. Prosecutors also said Cravens punched a male inmate who was handcuffed.
Cravens is scheduled for sentencing on July 20. He could face up to 61 years in prison.
Chief Deputy Gary Ledbetter has been in charge of the department since the FBI and TBI descended on the office to seize evidence in their investigation.
The Fentress County Commission will meet Monday at 6 p.m. Central Time to officially declare the office of sheriff vacant. Fentress County Attorney Leslie Clark Ledbetter said that will let them start the process of appointing someone to fill the remainder of the term until the August 2018 general election.
The Tennessee Police Officer Standards Training Commission will help with determining the eligibility of people who apply to be sheriff, and will give the commission a list of the eligible nominees, Clark Ledbetter said.
The deadline for people to turn in resumes for the sheriff's position is Friday, June 2.
The Fentress County Commission will hold a work session on Thursday, June 22 to interview the eligible candidates.
The commission will then hold a special called meeting on Monday, June 26 to appoint the new sheriff.