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Parmer County Sheriff’s Office

Bailey County Judge Sherri Harrison turned herself in and spent a short time in jail in Parmer County last week.

She was booked on counts for official oppression, purchase/furnishing alcohol to a minor and criminal trespass for offenses committed on May 13. Harrison’s booking sheet from the Parmer County Sheriff’s Office showed personal recognizance bonds for each set for $500.

She was booked into jail on Aug. 31 at 7:20 p.m. and was released sometime before at least 8 a.m. the next morning.

Parmer County SO personnel said she turned herself in based on crimes committed in Bailey County.

Harrison’s jail time comes about four months after an 87-page petition and lawsuit was filed against her by District Attorney Michaela Kee on behalf of the state. The petition and lawsuit was filed in an attempt to remove her from office on grounds of official misconduct, incompetence and habitual drunkenness, among other allegations.

The case outlines at least 21 separate incidents between 2018 to June 2022 in which witnesses recounted events these allegations stemmed from.

The arrest came after a Bailey County Grand Jury indictments were returned against Harrison, according to a report by the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.

In the days following the filing of the petition, Kee spoke to The Journal about the case. There’s nothing stopping Harrison from keeping her place as county judge – or there wasn’t at the time in July. A public official isn’t necessarily required to vacate office as a result of a pending lawsuit, though they often do, Kee noted.

Harrison has only three months left as county judge before Basil Nash, who unseated her in March, takes office. Harrison has been in this position since 2005.

According to the AJ’s report, Kee requested a hearing to temporarily suspend Harrison without pay but hadn’t heard from the judge over the case by the time of the story’s publication.

Kee did not return the Journal’s calls by deadline.

Ellysa Harris

Muleshoe Journal


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