Bailey County Judge Sherri Harrison has been officially suspended from office.
The State Commission on Judicial Conduct issued a suspension for a pending criminal matter on Oct. 18.
Harrison, whose term as Bailey County Judge is set to expire at the end of December, has been under investigation following a petition and lawsuit filed in May by County Attorney Michaela Kee on behalf of the state. The petition called for Harrison’s early removal from the office she’s held since 2005 on the grounds of official misconduct, incompetence and habitual drunkenness, among other allegations.
The case noted at least 21 separate incidents occurring between 2018 to the June 2022 (an amendment to the original petition and lawsuit was filed in June).
In September, Harrison turned herself in to the Parmer County Jail where she was booked on counts for official oppression, purchase/furnishing alcohol to a minor and criminal trespass for offenses committed on May 13. A Bailey County Grand Jury returned indictments against Harrison for those offenses and she spent a few hours in jail as a result.