Former Kansas sheriff criticizes ouster petition

Jeff Curry
Jeff Curry
Jeff Curry
Jeff Curry

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — An attorney for an eastern Kansas sheriff who tipped off his lover that she was the subject of a drug investigation says the woman’s name should never have been revealed in a petition seeking his ouster.

Former Franklin County Sheriff Jeff Curry’s resignation went into effect Monday after he agreed to a 12-month diversion program in exchange for prosecutors dropping two criminal counts against him.

He was charged with misdemeanor official misconduct for telling former Franklin County prosecutor Heather Jones a confidential informant claimed she bought methamphetamine, and with felony interference for lying about having an affair with her.

Jones was never charged with a crime, and her attorney says the drug allegation was unfounded. She now works as an assistant district attorney in nearby Johnson County.

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