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Sheriff opens review into offensive social media posts made by Scott County deputy

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Posted at 2:46 PM, Feb 24, 2021

GEORGETOWN, Ky. (LEX 18) — An administrative review is underway after a deputy with the Scott County Sheriff's Office made a number of offensive social media posts, Sheriff Tony Hampton said Wednesday.

The name of the deputy is Keith Gibson. Hampton said that the deputy has been in law enforcement for 10 years and has been with the Scott County Sheriff's Office since 2019.

"As Sheriff, I take these allegations very seriously and wish to thank those who brought these posts to my staff's attention to review so that we can take quick action," Hampton said in a release issued Wednesday. "My office strives to always be very transparent in both our greatest moments as well as when we fall short while serving the community both on and off duty."

Hampton noted that the Sheriff's Office does have policies and procedures in place that govern the actions of employees on social media.

The office's policy on social media is as follows:

Employees of the Scott County Sheriff's Office who utilize social networking sites, blogs, Twitter or other mediums of electronic communications in their off-duty time shall maintain an appropriate level of professionalism and appropriate conduct so as not to broadcast in a manner which is detrimental to the mission and function of this agency.