- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 2, 2019

WALTHALL, Miss. (AP) - An acting sheriff is being appointed for a northern Mississippi county where the elected sheriff is facing criminal charges.

Two circuit judges signed an order Wednesday making Chief Deputy Andy McCants the sheriff pro tempore in Webster County.

The elected sheriff, Timothy Mitchell, was arrested Dec. 19 on a dozen felony charges involving guns, drugs, sex with inmates and threatening sheriff’s department employees if they told anyone about the alleged crimes.

The judges’ order says Mitchell remains jailed under a $400,000 bond.

A year remains in the four-year term. McCants could serve the entire time. But if Mitchell is cleared, he would return as sheriff.

Webster County will pay two sheriffs, but the judges say the county could sue a bond company to recover Mitchell’s pay if he’s convicted.

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