BRENTWOOD — The Rockingham County sheriff’s office is investigating two longtime jail employees, but county officials will not comment, calling it a personnel matter.
Jail Superintendent Stephen Church said yesterday he notified county commissioners of the situation Wednesday, but could not reveal the names of anyone under investigation or disclose any details.
“I cannot comment on a personnel matter,” he said.
Commissioner Thomas Tombarello confirmed there were two employees under investigation, but declined to comment further because it was an issue discussed in nonpublic session.
He said the sheriff’s office will determine if the matter should be investigated by the Rockingham County attorney’s office for possible indictment.
“I can only say there is an investigation going on,” Tombarello said. “We’re looking into the allegations.”
He did say investigations of county employees are rare.
Sheriff Michael Downing could not be reached for comment.
County Attorney James Reams said his office has not been asked to intervene.
Church confirmed the two workers are still employed by the county, but would not say whether they have been suspended.
“Nobody has been let go at this point,” he said. “Nobody has been terminated.”
Commissioner Kevin Coyle also declined to comment on the investigation.
“The only thing I can tell you is it’s a personnel matter,” he said.
Commission Chairwoman Katherin Pratt could not be reached for comment.