Sheriff Nathan Lewis submitted a letter of resignation today, a Hemphill County official has confirmed. Hemphill County Judge George Briant said Lewis' last day will be Friday, November 15.

Lewis took office in September of 2016.

Lewis has been in a shroud of controversy since Thomas Brown went missing in 2016 and subsequently found dead. The case was later referred to the Texas Attorney General's Office. No reason has yet been confirmed for his resignation.

According to our media partner ABC7 KVII TV:

ABC 7 revealed a cache of documents detailing a Texas Commission on Law Enforcement investigation into Lewis for allegedly manufacturing training records for himself and his employees.

In addition, Klein Investigations and Consulting says Chief Deputy Brent Clapp has been reinstated.

 

Statement by Klein Investigations and Consulting Texas: We have the understanding late this afternoon that Sheriff Lewis of Hemphill County has been released from his position of Sheriff. We further understand that former Chief Deputy Brent Clapp has been reinstated to his former position.

We believe that this move is a positive move - and will bring a positive change to the Hemphill County Law Enforcement family. This is really bad news to those that may be involved in the Thomas Brown case.