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Public forum to be held regarding Jackson County Sheriff's allegations

Posted at 8:35 AM, Apr 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-19 08:35:13-04

People in Jackson will have their chance to tell the city their thoughts about the ongoing controversy surrounding the County Sheriff.

The city of Jackson's Human Relations Commission will host a forum Thursday night at the King Community Center on Adrian Street in Jackson.

The city is welcoming everyone to come voice their feelings and concerns regarding Jackson County Sheriff Steve Rand.

A federal lawsuit filed by one of his lieutenants accuses Rand of being a multi-faceted bigot who was caught on audio recordings making racist, sexist and homophobic comments.

The Jackson Human Relations Commission along with Jackson's Mayor, the city council and Board of County Commissioners have all called for Rand's resignation.

City and county officials are also expected to attend the meeting.

Rand has since apologized for the comments. The county's request to have Gov. Rick Snyder remove him is being reviewed by the state Attorney General's office. Since he has said he will not resign -- Sheriff Rand can only be removed by the Governor or by a recall election.

The forum is set to start at 6:30 PM and will go for about two hours. FOX 47 will have a crew there.