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Lauderdale County deputy resigns after announcing run for sheriff

Published: Sep. 28, 2021 at 9:22 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 29, 2021 at 9:13 PM CDT
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FLORENCE, Ala. (WAFF) - A Lauderdale County deputy has resigned from the sheriff’s office with the intent to run for sheriff.

Before his resignation, Sheriff Rick Singleton asked him to take administrative leave without pay or resign until after the election, which the Sheriff says is in his power to do. Especially after Sheriff Singleton says Deputy McCrary was causing internal turmoil among employees.

“When you’ve got an employee making promises of promotions and assignments to other employees and you already got employees in those positions, it just makes the whole work environment very awkward for everyone,” said Sheriff Rick Singleton.

John Randall McCrary has been a deputy in Lauderdale County for 11 years.

“The job of a deputy is already stressful enough, they don’t need internal drama to distract them from the job of serving the community,” said Sheriff Singleton.

McCrary said a lieutenant with the sheriff’s office gave him a letter on Thursday from Sheriff Singleton telling him he had until 5:00 p.m. that day to let Singleton know he was going to go on administrative leave without pay or resign.

“I’m devastated that I’m without a job,” said McCrary when placed on leave. “It hurts that someone would do that for all I’ve done for the county.”

Deputy McCrary told our news partners at the Times Daily that he had to resign so he could provide for his family and he could not do that on unpaid leave.

This will be McCrary’s second run for sheriff in Lauderdale County. He intends to run on the Republican ticket in 2022.

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