DCS official fired after being charged with assault

Warren Crook, an employee of the Department of Children’s Services, has been terminated from his position after being charged with four counts of aggravated assault, reports the Jackson Sun. The charges stem from Crook firing a shotgun during a confrontation involving teenagers near his Lexington home.

Crook, 54, served as an administrative services manager for the department (in Madison County). According to Rob Johnson, Crook’s job was mostly “desk driven,” and he had no contact with children in his job.

According to the termination letter obtained by The Jackson Sun, Crook’s last day was July 24. It is required by law that DCS give a 10 day paid notice, but Crook is not permitted to work during those 10 days.

“As a result of your inappropriate personal conduct which directly affects your position, duties and responsibilities, the department has experienced negative media coverage and undue concern from our community partners and the general public,” the letter says.