Barnett submits resignation from Sorrento Police
SORRENTO - The last chief of the Sorrento Police Department submitted her resignation this week, signaling the final chapter for the scandal-plagued department.
Fern Barnett's resignation was accepted with a 3-2 vote. Mayor Mike Lambert was the tiebreaker.
Citizens voted to shutter the department this past November. Sorrento had lost their insurance and had to cut back on their police force heavily, requiring the sheriff's office to step in and provide patrol duties.
Barnett ran unopposed to replace Earl Theriot, who admitted in federal court that he lied to FBI investigators looking into accusations he sexually abused a drunk woman he detained and took back to his office.
Barnett said Tuesday night she is working with ATF to dispose of the department's guns. The council voted to sell any surplus equipment from the department at auction.
The last outstanding issue is Barnett's pay and benefits, which she said she's owed by law for her full term and sued to get. Lambert said they would address that at the next council meeting, and Barnett's resignation letter said she would drop her suit if she was paid by March 21.
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