Ethics Watch Calls On Adams County Sheriff Douglas Darr To Resign
On May 12, a federal jury found Adams County Sheriff Douglas Darr guilty of retaliation, in violation of the freedom of speech by Adams County Deputy Mark Nicastle. The jury awarded $123,601 to Nicastle.
Nicastle sued Darr for using his office to prevent Nicastle from campaigning in an election for Adams County Sheriff. Nicastle also claimed that Darr launched unnecessary investigations intended to discredit him in retaliation for his plans to run for Darr's job.
Nicastle was the Republican nominee for Adams County Sheriff in 2010. Darr, a Democrat, was reelected in November. The complaint alleged that Sheriff Darr retaliated against Nicastle for several years for Nicastle's political activities.
Upon hearing the judgment, Ethics Watch director called on Darr to resign his office and restore the public’s trust in Adams County government.
“There is no question in my mind that Sheriff Darr should resign,” said Luis Toro, director of Ethics Watch. “Any person who uses their office to retaliate for political differences, or to prevent an opponent from campaigning, no longer deserves the office nor the trust of the people who put him in office. This is corruption at its most obvious, and Sheriff Darr should resign his office immediately.”