By Calvin Palmer
A southern Illinois county sheriff may not be above the law but it would appear he is answerable to no one.
Gallatin County Sheriff Raymond Martin is facing drug trafficking and firearm charges and yet he is allowed to keep his job and draw his $40,440 annual salary.
Martin was indicted yesterday by a federal grand jury in Benton after he was arrested by federal agents last month on three counts of marijuana distribution and two counts of carrying a firearm – his service weapon – while trafficking drugs.
County Board Chairman Randy Drone said today that Martin, as an elected official, was legally entitled to keep his job and collect his salary “until he resigns or is convicted”.
How about Martin being suspended without pay until the process of law has been served or being fired for bringing the office of county sheriff into disrepute?
No wonder people want to get elected as sheriff.
[Based on a report by the Associated Press.]