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Randall County Sheriff shares concerns about Precinct 4 Constable Chris Johnson

On Saturday, Randall County Sheriff Joel Richardson issued a letter of "urgent concern" to residents regarding Randall County Precinct 4 Constable Chris Johnson. Richardson has endorsed Johnson's opponent, Paula Hicks, in the March GOP primary.

Richardson confirmed he wrote and stands by his remarks in the letter.

“In my opinion, because of his actions under the authority of the office of the constable, Constable Johnson is a danger to the citizens of Randall County. Furthermore, he is a liability to the taxpayers of Randall County," Richardson wrote.

“There are just some people in this world who don’t need a badge, and it’s my opinion and he is one of them. He’s badge heavy and heavy-handed with the public and he doesn’t give a good representation of law enforcement in our county," Richardson said when asked about the letter.

Johnson claims the letter is full of  lies, deceit, and half-truths.

“One thing I would like to make clear that his letter has lies and deceit in them, half-truths.

“When I ran against my opponent, his employee, which is the same opponent that I have today, why didn’t he bring that up in 2015? If he was so concerned about all this, why wouldn’t he bring it up? And he didn’t.

"So in the race, I beat my opponent by my credentials," Johnson said.

Hicks, who originally released the letter on her campaign Facebook page, said "I don’t think it’s going to give me an upper-hand.

“I think that it’s going to inform the voters and they’re going to be able to make an educated decision about who they want to be in the constable’s office,” Hicks said.

Read the full text of Richardson's comments below. The High Plains Daily News will be updating this breaking story.

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