Pct. 3 Constable Randy Thompson faxed his resignation to the Cherokee County Judge’s office on Thursday, according to county officials. His resignation is effective immediately.

Thompson remains in custody on federal charges of possession and distribution of pseudoephedrine, a chemical used in the creation of methamphetamine, a controlled substance.

In an earlier interview and before Thompson’s resignation, County Judge Chris Davis said the county was doing what it could to remove Thompson from the county payroll.

“We’re still investigating and finding what we can do ,” Davis said, “We wanted him off (the pay roll) — we have to go through the legal means to do that right.”

Thompson has been receiving $25,000 per year, plus $150 per month travel expenses as constable. Thompson also receives $2,612.48 per month as a full-time employee of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, according to TDCJ public information officer Mike Viesca.

Pct. 3 Justice of the Peace James Morris said Thompson stopped coming to work in mid-December and rarely served as bailiff in his court.

“I think there are some people who are upset that he (was) continuing to receive county pay (through Thursday),” said County Attorney Craig Caldwell prior to Thompson’s resignation.

Because Thompson is an elected official and he has not been convicted of any crime, he could not be removed from office without a hearing.

Josie Schoolcraft, the Lake Palestine resident who requested a hearing to remove Thompson from his elected position, said she is going to now request that Thompson refund the county for the pay he received during the weeks in which he stopped doing his job as constable.

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