Longtime Jackson County Sheriff’s Department lieutenant indicted on perjury charge

Jackson County Lt. Ken McClenic has been arrested on one count of felony perjury after his July testimony before a Grand Jury — which led to charges against former Sheriff Mike Byrd — conflicted with subsequent testimony.

The arrest came through the state attorney general’s office, according to a Jackson County Sheriff’s Department news release.

He was booked at the Adult Detention Center and released on $5,000 bail.

McClenic, a sheriff’s department employee since 1985, was fired immediately, Sheriff Charles Britt said, for violating departmental and civil service policies.

If convicted, McClenic faces up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.