Robert Rookard

The Campbell County Sheriff’s Department kicked off Operation Thanksgiving Harvest this morning. It is part of a year long mission of investigation and gathering evidence ondrug offenders throughout the county.

One of the early arrests was Robert Dewayne Rookard, 53 years of age of Jellico. Rockard is both a fireman and a police dispatcher for the City of Jellico. Rookard is charged with simple possession of marijuana and official misconduct.

Official misconduct is legally defined as the commission of an unlawful act, done in an official capacity, which affects the performance of official duties. Malfeasance in office is often grounds for a for cause removal of an elected official by statute or recall election. Official misconduct is a Class E felony.

According to Sheriff Robbie Goins, “The alleged activity of Robert Rookard who is a police dispatcher and fireman with the city of Jellico will not stain the good name of the good employees, officers, fireman and leaders of Jellico. If he’s found guilty, he will pay for his actions.”