Deputy Suspended after Testing Positive for Drugs
7 Eyewitness News Staff
Jackson, Tenn. - A Madison County Sheriff's Deputy is off duty after failing a random drug screen.
According to Sheriff David Woolfork, Deputy Janice D. Forsyth, 48, took the test on June 20. The department was notified Tuesday that Forsyth tested positive for cocaine.
Deputy Forsyth has been suspended with pay pending the outcome of an internal investigation.
Deputy Forsyth is assigned to the corrections division and works at the J. Alexander Leech Criminal Justice Complex/Jail. She has been employee of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office since March 2008.
Sheriff Woolfork reported that Forsyth's personnel file contained no write-ups or disciplinary actions, and did include a letter of commendation on June 25, 2010, stating that she was credited for saving the life of an inmate.
The Madison County Sheriff’s Office has a zero tolerance drug policy that has been in effect since September 1, 2005.