This post was originally published on March 24, 2016. It has since been updated with new information.
The Northland News stopped by Friday at the Clay County Election Board to see if anything had changed for the August 2, 2016 primary filings. An individual by the name of Benjamin Troupe has filed for Clay County Sheriff on the Democrat ballot.
The Northland News has discovered that Troupe was a former Clay County Sheriff’s deputy and is currently going through disciplinary hearings with the Missouri State Department of Public Safety. You can access those documents by clicking HERE.
According to the initial complaint filed on August 4, 2015 available on the Administrative Hearing Commissions website, Troupe is accused of “exhibiting paranoid delusions.”
Troupe’s delusions included, “his belief that tracking devices have been put on his clothing, vehicle, and inside his body and that various governmental agencies are out to get him.”
Troupe’s handwritten response on September 8, 2015 requested an extension so that he could seek legal counsel:
Troupe was then given an extension until October 8, 2015. On September 8, 2015, Troupe’s legal counsel, David Barrett, answered the initial complaint.
The response states that Troupe denies all allegations and states that the complaint failed to provide a cause of action for which relief can be granted. The response also invokes the American with Disabilities act as an affirmative defense.
You can read the full response by clicking HERE.
A motion for continuance was filed on December 9, 2015 and granted. A hearing was then scheduled on March 3, 2016. We have been unable to discover the status of that hearing or the current status of Troupe’s case.
According to state law, “no person shall be eligible for the office of sheriff who does not hold a valid peace officer license.” Currently Troupe still meets these requirements pending the outcome of his case with the Administrative Hearing Commission.
TheNorthlandNews.com has obtained documents from the Administrative Hearings Commission in the case to dismiss Troupe.
You can read the full deposition of Dr. Robert Urie by clicking HERE. Urie is the clinical psychologist that the Clay County Sheriff’s Department used to evaluate Troupe. The Director of Public Safety also filed for a summary decision in the case. A summary decision is when a judgement is entered by a court without a trial. You can read that decision by clicking HERE.
The request for a summary decision was denied, and a hearing date is set for January 5, 2017.