Trial for former sheriff’s office employee delayed

Published 11:52 am Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Connie Smith faces charges of abuse of public trust, theft by unlawful taking 


Connie Smith faces charges of abuse of public trust over $10,000 but under $100,000; and theft by unlawful taking $10,000 or more. Both charges stem from the same allegations, said her attorney Thomas Clay, of Louisville, in a previous article.

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Commonwealth’s Attorney Richie Bottoms said more evidence was being examined in the case. He wasn’t certain when the case would be brought back to court.

Smith had worked as a tax administrator for the Boyle County Sheriff’s Office.

A Sept. 1, 2013, issue of The Advocate-Messenger states that Smith was fired in October 2012 after she refused the option of being placed on suspension by then-Sheriff Marty Elliott. Through an open records request at the time, a letter from Elliott to Smith said she “rejected suspension then stated, ‘Fire me.’”

Files obtained from the Boyle County Circuit Clerk’s Office state that a diversion agreement between the commonwealth’s attorney and Smith’s attorney was reached that would have required Smith to repay $60,504.43 in restitution, remain on probation, perform 40 hours of community service each year and maintain full-time employment. She would have avoided jail time under that agreement.

Peckler sought to add an additional 30 days per year of weekend jail time to the diversion, but the time was found “unacceptable” by Smith, who declined the agreement.
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