Liberty County Sheriff Nick Finch was arrested Tuesday afternoon.
Inspectors with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Office of Executive Investigations obtained a warrant for the arrest of Nicholas Lee Finch, 50, of Bristol, Tuesday on one count of official misconduct, a violation of section 838.022, Florida Statutes.
According to FDLE, investigators allege that Finch destroyed or removed official arrest documents from the Liberty County Jail, making it appear as though an arrest never occurred. The investigation revealed that a Liberty County Sheriff’s Office deputy arrested a Liberty County resident on March 8, 2013 for carrying a concealed firearm, a third degree felony. Shortly after the suspect was booked into the Liberty County Jail, Finch allegedly released the suspect and altered or destroyed documents associated with his arrest.
Finch was arrested just after 5 p.m. Tuesday and was booked into the Liberty County Jail. He was released on his own recognizance. Finch was elected Liberty County Sheriff in 2012 and took office in January of this year.
The State Attorney’s Office, 2nd Judicial Circuit, will prosecute this case.
According to an FDLE spokesperson, Governor Rick Scott has appointed Carl Causey to serve as interim sheriff. Causey is assistant special agent in charge at the FDLE Pensacola Regional Operations Center.
NOTE: This story came in after press time Tuesaday