TYLER, Texas (KETK) – The chief deputy of Smith County Precinct 1 was fired after she was arrested in November for theft while on duty, according to information from the Smith County District Attorney’s Office. .
LaQuenda Banks, 42, of Tyler was terminated from her position as chief assistant on Dec. 3, according to Smith County Human Resources. Banks, Constable Curtis Harris and Sergeant Derrick Holman were arrested by the Texas Rangers in November for allegedly stealing while executing a writ of possession of a rental property at Cascades Court in Tyler on the 18th October.
The three men were arrested for abuse of power, official oppression and theft of property over $750 but not over $2,500.
The tenant whose items were allegedly stolen by the three filed a theft complaint with Tyler police and the list of items missing from the residence was an iPhone 8, Oakley sunglasses, jewelry, Chanel perfume, an iPhone X, Nike shoes, Airpods, 2 iPhone 12s, 2 MacBooks and over $3,000 in cash. It was also mentioned that firearms were seized by the constable’s office, but were later returned.
According to a representative from the Texas Commission of Law Enforcement, the three officers’ law enforcement licenses have been suspended. Banks’ termination letter was signed by Constable Curtis Harris on December 3.
As of this writing, Harris and Holman are still listed as constable and sergeant for Smith County Precinct 1 on Smith County. website.
The suspension of licensure does not remove the elected official, Harris, from office or prevent him from exercising his authority as an elected official according to TCOLE.