Two Knox officers fired


Two employees of the Knox County Sheriff’s Office have been fired and more terminations may follow, Sheriff Tom Spangler announced today. 

KCSO employees Ivan Harmon and Larry Hurst were terminated “effective immediately,” Spangler said in a press release. 

Spangler didn’t reveal any specific allegations of misconduct but said the men had violated numerous departmental policies and at least one criminal law.

The sheriff didn’t give any information about the men’s ranks or what divisions they worked for, saying only that Harmon was hired in 2003 and Hurst was hired in 2011. 

An internal affairs investigation was launched in October, Spangler said, and the state Comptroller’s Office has also become involved.

It wasn’t clear exactly what prompted the decision to let the employees go today. 

“Public trust is paramount,” Spangler said. “We must do what is necessary to protect it.”

He continued: “While I am extremely disappointed in the actions of these individuals, I want to be clear that these men and their actions are not representative of the majority of men and women employed by the (Sheriff’s office.”

Larry Hurst