MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) — More than 200 Shelby County Sheriff’s Deputies will keep their jobs now that they’ve passed a second round of psychological tests.
The doctor who administered their initial exams, Dr. Charles Kenny hadn’t been licensed for nearly 20 years. This mistake was costly and nerve wracking.
This psychological exam is a requirement for certification to serve. At stake for residents, whether deputies were psychologically fit to patrol. At stake for deputies, their livelihoods.
Shelby County Sheriff Floyd Bonner announced the successful retesting of 209 deputies in a media conference. The law enforcement officers were subject to psychological reexamination after learning exams they’d taken in 2013 were not valid.
“We’d like to thank all those deputies that were reexamined,” said Sheriff Bonner. “We know that that placed a lot of stress on them and their families not knowing whether or not they would have a job when this process was over.”
The Peace Officer Standards & Training Commission, also known as POST, requires deputies to be free from impairment of mental disorders. The exam happens in two parts. The first part is a four-hour written test, and the second part is a face-to-face interview with the doctor.
Sheriff Bonner presented the results of the retesting to POST Thursday, and they were approved. That leaves 188 correctional deputies that must be retested, a process Bonner says will start in the next two weeks.
“Again, the state has not contacted us yet telling us we must retest the correctional officers, they have not sent us a letter, but we know it’s coming,” said Sheriff Bonner.