Hunt County Sheriff: “I Didn’t Do Anything Wrong”

GREENVILLE (CBSDFW.COM) – A North Texas Sheriff is defending himself following a CBS 11 Investigation.

“I didn’t do anything wrong,” said Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks on Friday afternoon.

He’s defending himself after coming under fire for using county workers to move his furniture during severe storms.

After CBS 11 News started asking questions the case is now going to be investigated further.

Hunt County District Attorney Nobie Walker first had said that there wasn’t enough evidence for a criminal prosecution.  But now he tells CBS 11 News that he’s gotten additional information and is now going to an outside agency to make sure the matter is handled properly.

On May 2, 2009 severe weather hit Greenville in Hunt county, about 50 miles northeast of Dallas.  Emergency phone calls from that day describe water pouring into stranded vehicles and snapped power lines causing sparks to shoot in the air.

During the storm, Meeks’ wife called 911 about water surging into her home.  “I know you guys are very busy,” she told the dispatcher. “This is the sheriff’s wife. We’re trying to sweep it out, but it keeps coming.”

Her emergency? Water was creeping toward her and her husband’s furniture. After the dispatcher tells her the department is “super, super, super busy right now,” Meeks’ wife reportedly took the matter into her own hands.

“We’re going to call and see if we can get some of the deputies maybe to come and help us,” she said then.
Phone records show that Meeks himself then called the dispatcher, told them his home was flooding and requested that any nearby deputies be rerouted to his house to help.

“We’re gonna have to move some furniture,” Meeks told the dispatcher.  The responding deputy got stuck in high water on the way, and much of the interior of his patrol car was damaged.

A jailer was sent to help the flooded deputy, and multiple other jailers were ordered to help Meeks move his furniture, a source said.

“It’s illegal! It’s immoral!  And it’s also indictable!” says CBS 11 News Legal Expert Jerry Loftin “Around here they would handcuff you.”  Loftin thinks the sheriff should be held accountable.  “They are employees of the Sheriff to do Sheriff’s business they are not employees to go load and unload and be his personal lackeys.”

Sheriff Meeks says he’s open to any kind of investigation and that he didn’t do anything wrong.  “If I have an emergency I will call 911,” said Sheriff Meeks.

When CBS 11 News asked him if moving his furniture was an emergency he replied “I’m through with this,” as in through with the conversation.

The District Attorney wouldn’t say which agency he will be going to for this investigation, but he says it will be done as quickly as possible.

  • BigTex

    I personally don’t see anything wrong with what he did. I mean it wasn’t like any lives were put in danger. Am I right? Besides that I don’t see a problem with the Sheriff asking his deputies in doing something other than law enforcement. After all who doesn’t have a job where you are sometimes required to do something other than your job description? Hunt County DA even said there wasn’t enough evidence to prosecute.

  • kath

    actually it sounds like other lives might have been put in danger. if 911 is super super super busy, the deputies might have been better deployed to barricade high water crossing, downed power lines, etc. If they ran out of deputies the jailers could have been deployed to do those tasks. The “other duties as assigned” doesn’t usually mean personal work for your employer. Did the sheriff not have any friends that could assist him? But hey if hunt county tax payers don’t mind paying to save the sheriff’s furniture….

    • Ricky Sanders

      First of all the sheriff was off duty.In this case Randy is a tax Paying civilian that has every right to call on any emergency service for help.Second,no one from the jail was dispatched to his house.One Greenville pd officer arrived at his house as did one county deputy later,on one moved any furniture.Channel 11 news did a complete hatchet job on the best sheriff Hunt County has ever had. They are investigating the wrong official.

  • BigTex

    Honestly, if he’s the sheriff, then the deputies have an obligation to follow whatever orders the boss says, even if it may seem “personal” or otherwise. That’s my opinion about it. Yeah they may have been busy, but I doubt any straight minded officer would neglected something serious to go do something mundane as this. Even though the dispatcher said they were really busy doesn’t mean that someone couldn’t find time to get it done, henceforth jailers were used. A sheriff is an elected leader and without a leader the rest (innocent) suffer. We should do whatever it takes to make sure he’s got what he needs to function even if that means moving his stuff to higher ground.

  • I told you

    Just ad this to the 20 to 25 lawsuits that have been and will be filed against the sheriff and other elected officials and the investigation into the illegal dumping of drums of toxic matter on precinct #2 property

  • Ken

    So what???? Allthe corruption in this area & you have time for this?

  • Tom

    This guy may have technically violated the law, but the courts don’t have the time to deal with such B.S! Beat the guy at the election box! It just isn’t that big of a deal in the grand scheme of things.

  • I told you

    How many more tax dollars should he be allowed to waste before we beat him at the election box oh wait maybe we should go after his under sheriff who’s county office is located at his local church and not the justice center . I guess being the music director takes more time than being second in command of a county department yet pulling all the strings for the puppet sheriff

  • c parker

    You have got to be kidding! There has been no crime, I repeat, NO crime committed here in any shape, form or fashion! Stop with your foolish accusations. The sheriff has every right to call 911. The last time I looked he is a citizen of Greenville and has all the rights as other citizens. Also he ASKED, he did not order, he asked, if someone at the office was able to come help. He, like all the rest of us that work, usually only associate with their co-workers and have few other resources. He was only asking for help from his office.

    That is NOT a crime.

    What is going on here is a hidden agenda. Let us shed some light on what really is going on. The county judge is unhappy with his lot, the FORMER employee of the sheriff is unhappy with his lot, so the two have decided to target the sheriff . The sheriff is only doing his job and doing a really good job of it. These other two have no cares about running up the tab with there actions, only that they are trying to “do in ” the sheriff who is blocking their hidden agenda. The judge used very bad judgement by not stopping this ridiculous spat in its tracks. It happened over a year ago, it is obvious this is merely a spat between personnel and Horn should /did see it but decided to only fan the flames and get the D.A. involved. He should have called the two into his office and stopped this there. Now instead, we the taxpayers , have to deal with added expenses of expensive lawyers’ fees, filing fees, and so on and so forth.

    I put the blame squarely where it belongs, on Horn and the unhappy FORMER employee.

  • I told you

    Your blame for Horn and others will come to light in the next 12 to 24 months when all 26 cases are filed in federal court every tax payer will then know the truth about the sheriffs office and other hidden county wrong doings

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