Monroe County supervisors name interim sheriff

Monroe County supervisors have named an interim sheriff following the resignation of former sheriff Cecil Cantrell.

Posted: Aug 23, 2019 9:38 AM
Updated: Aug 23, 2019 9:23 PM

ABERDEEN, Miss. (WTVA) - The Monroe County Board of Supervisors has named Curtis Knight as the interim sheriff.

Supervisors voted on the move Friday morning during a meeting in Aberdeen.

The Board of Supervisors met Friday morning in Aberdeen.

Curtis Knight

Kevin Crook

The board selected sheriff-elect Kevin Crook as the interim chief deputy.

Knight has been serving as the top law officer in the Monroe County Sheriff's Department since the resignation of former sheriff Cecil Cantrell on Tuesday.

Crook defeated Cantrell in the Democratic Primary on Aug. 6.

The state auditor's office had been investigating Cantrell after a video surfaced in July of an inmate putting together the sheriff's campaign signs.

Knight served as Cantrell's chief deputy.

Crook remains the only candidate seeking to become the next sheriff. Republican candidate Andy Hood dropped out of the race on Wednesday.

Crook will assume the role of Monroe County sheriff in January. 

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