Mercer County Inspector General Robert Farkas plans to review an internal investigation by Mercer County Community College officials before deciding whether the now famous incident between Sheriff Kevin Larkin and a professor warrants an inquiry by his own office.
“The problem is that I don’t know enough to decide whether anything needs to be done. What I expect to get in review is the community college’s investigation into the matter,” he said. “…Then I can be in a better position to decide if any further inquiry or investigation is necessary, and if so, what,” said Farkas.
Early this month, Larkin interrupted Professor Michael Glass’s political science class because a student who works for the county had informed him via text message that Glass, while referencing how the Sheriff draws down a salary and public pension, mentioned that Larkin has to pay child support and alimony. After unsuccessfully trying to reach Glass by phone, Larkin showed up in person and forced Glass to apologize in front of the class, according to an account in the college newspaper.
The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office said yesterday that there was no information to prompt an investigation for official misconduct. Today, Mercer County Republican Chairman Roy Wesley today requested that Farkas investigate matter.