Officials say more than 600 Shelby County employees must be re-evaluated , costing the county $130K

Officials say more than 600 Shelby County employees must be re-evaluated

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Shelby County leaders are sharing new details after an unlicensed psychologist performed exams on about 650 Shelby County employees.

Those employees must now be re-evaluated, and it’s costing the county at least $130,000.

"We owe it to Tennesseans to raise awareness when we find a discrepancy,” said Kevin Walters, spokesperson for Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance.

That discrepancy is causing 650 or so Shelby County employees to be re-screened after the psychologist performing pre-employment exams was found to be unlicensed in the state of Tennessee.

Officials said 260 of those employees are deputies.

"If you’re applying for a job to be a police officer or a law enforcement officer in Tennessee you have to pass a psychiatric/ psychological evaluation that has been given to you by a licensed psychiatrist or a psychologist in Tennessee,” Walters said.

Officials say more than 600 Shelby County employees must be re-evaluated

For years, Dr. Charles Kenny performed psychological testing on Shelby County employees.

But his license in the state of Tennessee expired in 2001, according to the State’s Department of Health website. Mike Lewis, a spokesperson with the county, sent WMC5 this statement:

“I am continuing to learn the impact of the 2013 testing process. Sheriff Deputies, Sheriff Jailors, and Corrections Officers will require additional psychological testing. Roughly 650 of these types of employees have been on-boarded since 2013. We estimate every 2013 process re-test to cost $200 per employee. That process is already underway.”

“We brought this to Shelby County’s attention in December,” Walters said. “This matter was discussed at a public meeting here in Nashville at the POST Commission’s monthly meeting.”

Walters said officials with POST or Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission raised questions about Dr. Charles Kenny’s qualifications after an audit.

The State told WMC Action News 5, the evaluations were signed by a “Dr. Charles T. Kenny, supervised by Dr. John T. Johnson.”

We were unable to reach Dr. Johnson, but a search of his license status reveals he is licensed in the state of Tennessee.

WMC5 also went to Dr. Kenny’s listed address and tried calling, but we couldn’t reach him.

The testing is scheduled to start this Friday, Jan. 25. Deputies have about 90 days to complete the process.

We also reached out to the sheriff’s office, but are waiting to hear back.

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