In a resignation letter submitted to Sheriff Jerry Carver Monday, Beck's resignation was effective immediately. His position as chief deputy and arson investigator has been filled by Deputy Lee Taylor. Before the promotion, Taylor was the department's criminal investigator.
Beck had been with the department since Carver took office as Carroll County sheriff in January 2008.
Prior to Beck's resignation, he was demoted from chief deputy and arson investigator to deputy in a sweeping reorganization of the Carroll County Sheriff's Department by Carver following the trial and subsequent guilty pleas of John Beck and Curtis "Bela" Alford. With the demotion, Beck's pay was cut substantially.
"I had to make some changes," Carver said at Monday's Carroll County Board of Supervisors meeting in Vaiden. "There were things I wasn't aware of, decisions made that night, until they came out in the trial."
Carver said he preferred not to say what things he learned that caused him to reorganize his department, as they were "personnel matters."
Beck is the brother of John Beck, who was sentenced to serve two years in prison for his shooting into an occupied vehicle and malicious mischief, both felony charges, in connection with events that occurred on the night of March 9, 2011 in Holmes County. Beck admitted to shooting nine times into the back of a vehicle driven by Odessa Williams of Lexington, but he argued his actions were made in self-defense.
Alford pleaded guilty to conspiracy to obstruct justice, also a felony, and was sentenced to probation with non-adjudication status for one year.
During Beck and Alford's trial in Lexington earlier this month, it was established that after shots were fired into Williams' car, Williams fled the scene, eventually exiting the vehicle and running into the woods. After he abandoned his vehicle, and the Holmes County deputies did not come to remove it, the car was towed to the Carroll County Emergency Operations Center at the direction of Scott Beck, who as chief deputy instructed Beck and Alford on what procedure to take.
Carver reported several staffing changes at the sheriff's department as part of the reorganization. Longtime deputy Travis Gatewood was named the DUI officer, and part-time deputy Kristopher King was promoted to a fulltime deputy.
Deputy Rob Banks is now the department's criminal investigator and narcotics investigator. At the Carroll Montgomery Regional Correctional facility, Deputy Therrell Turner will receive a pay increase.
CR 78 bridge gets attention
Beat One Supervisor Terry Herbert will get an 84-foot by 12-foot by 50-foot pipe to replace a bridge that burned earlier this month. The cost of the pipe will be around $6,000, the funds coming out of the county bridge fund. The vote passed 4-1, with Board President Honey Ashmore the lone dissenting vote.
Ashmore argued he did not think it was fair for the money to come from the road and bridge fund, since that money is divided equally between each beat.