Two deputies from the Cannon County Sheriff’s Department were relieved of duty by Sheriff Billy Nichols this week.
On Wednesday Sheriff Nichols fired Deputy Greg Fauls for poor work performance and failure to conform to departmental requirements. Fauls had been a deputy since June 24, 2005.
Deputy Aaron Hillis resigned his position on Thursday. Hillis had been with the department since January 6, 2006. On Thursday, December 10th, Hollis was served with an Order of Protection at 11:00am at the jail following an incident which occurred on Friday, December 4th at a residence on Bradyville Road.
Fauls and an Auburntown Fire Department member were at the Hillis residence when the altercation occurred. Later in the evening Investigator Charlie Wilder, Lt. Brad Hall and Deputy Eric Moss responded to the residence to retrieve department equipment.
“That incident was between Deputy Hillis and his girlfriend, Sherry Morton. Hillis was actually paying the utilities and the deposit at the residence but he left when he and Morton got into a verbal argument,” said Sheriff Nichols. “Hillis had paid the bail for Morton on a charge of Theft Over $60,000 in Rutherford County. That warrant from Rutherford County was served on her last week. I regret losing these officers but I feel it is for the betterment of my department. I would also add that an account of the incident on another local news outlet is totally inaccurate and contains numerous incidents that did not occur.”
Sheriff Nichols added, “I welcome the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation or any other agency to come to my department. We have nothing to hide and will assist them in any investigation they want to conduct.”