MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Shelby County leaders want to find out how an unlicensed psychologist performed exams on about 200 deputies.
Mayor Lee Harris said depending on the findings of the investigation, the county may be reaching out to the DA's office.
A spokesperson with the State said officials with the Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission, or POST, began to raise questions about Dr. Charles Kenny’s qualifications back in December.
It turns out Dr. Charles Kenny was hired years ago, but he hasn't been a licensed Tennessee psychologist since 2001 according the Tennessee Department of Health site.
Now, about 200 deputies are being re-evaluated.
Dr. Kenny administered the pre-employment psychological exams that would determine if a deputy was "free from any impairment" before starting their job.
"If any of these facts are true as the way they're being laid out to us so far then we will be making contact with the DA and so forth to make sure that if any laws were broken that something is done," Mayor Harris said.
Mayor Harris said deputies will begin re-testing this Friday. The test is about five hours long and also includes a face to face interview.
If a deputy does not pass the exam, it could result in his or her termination from the force.
The exam given to these deputies ensures they are free from any impairment before starting their job.
Mayor Harris said an oversight like this isn't acceptable, and now it's costing the county more than $40,000
"This should not have happened,” Mayor Harris said. “We're investigating right now."
"This is a problem that this happened in 2013 or 2014,” Mayor Harris said. “That somebody was brought in to help with this process who was not credentialed in the proper way." WMC Action News 5 learned the county hired Kenny.
A spokesperson with Shelby County’s HR Department sent us this statement.
The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance also sent this statement:
Mayor Harris said last week on Friday, all 200 or so deputies were notified by letter they would have to be re-screened.