New Carter County Sheriff sets new rules

CARTER COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - Prosecutors in Carter County say the case involving former Sheriff Tommy Adams has been handed over to Judge Randy Schuller of Wayne County. Adams faces charges of meth distribution. Now court date has been set.

Meanwhile, leaders in the county say they have a big job on their hands as they work to bring some stability to the county that's seen several sheriffs come and go in less than three years.

"I think a lot of people are justifiably disappointed what has transpired in just the last few weeks," said interim Sheriff Rick Stephens.

Stephens says he's making changes inside the department no matter how long he's in charges.

"There needs to be the proper amount of checks and balances," said Stephens.

From accounting to deputy training, Stephens says he's working to make changes to regain the trust of the people.

"I'm collaborating with other departments to help with training and get the job done," said Stephens.

He's enlisted the help of the Van Buren Police Department where he served before stepping in as sheriff.

"We are just helping the Sheriff out anyway we can," said Van Buren Chief Ryan Crandell.

People have strong opinions about where department priorities should be.

"The biggest issues is the drug problem," said Joe Graves.

Gerald Kile agrees. "That's absolutely the number one thing," said Kile.

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