The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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May 18, 2012

Jasper County Commissioners ask for investigation of Sheriff Archie Dunn following political message on T-shirts give to DARE students

CARTHAGE, Mo. — Norman Rouse, counsel for the Jasper County Commission, said today they are investigating whether Sheriff Archie Dunn may have broken any laws when T-shirts passed out to students in at least two schools as part of the DARE program also contained a message on the back that read: “Re-elect Archie Dunn, Jasper County Sheriff.”

A bill for the T-shirts used at one of the schools was submitted to the county, but officials have refused payment, according to John Bartosh, presiding commissioner.

“We think it’s against the law. We’ve turned it over to legal and they’re investigating,” Bartosh said.

The sheriff provides an officer for DARE classes, an anti-drug program for elementary students, at three schools.

Members of the Sarcoxie School Board discussed the issue Thursday night and Superintendent Kevin Goddard said he had written a letter of complaint to Dunn and the DARE officer emphasizing the district and it students cannot be involved in political campaigns.

Calls to Dunn had not been returned as of mid-morning on Friday.


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