Former Pickett Countian resigns from Tennessee Highway Patrol
On Thursday, October 16, Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Micah Board resigned in lieu of termination following an investigation by the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) and the THP Criminal Investigation Division (CID).
Department of Safety Commissioner Dave Mitchell placed Trooper Board on administrative leave Friday, October 3, after the department received an external complaint against him. On that date, THPâ€™s Criminal Investigation Division initiated a formal investigation into allegations that included possible criminal violations and possible violations of departmental policies and procedures.
Board is a 1995 graduate of Pickett County High School.
The CID investigation revealed Trooper Board was charged by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) and pleaded guilty to hunting from a public road. The incident, which is a violation of TCA 70-4-108, occurred in Giles County on Nov. 17, 2007, while Trooper Board was off-duty. Furthermore, in a separate incident, Trooper Board admitted to investigators that he had allowed an individual to fire one of his state-issued weapons. The investigation revealed the individual was a convicted felon. When the CID investigation is completed, the case file will be submitted to the local prosecutor for consideration of prosecution.
As a result of Boardâ€™s resignation, he forfeits his right to appeal through minimum due process and will be recommended by Commissioner Mitchell not to be allowed future employment within the Department of Safety.
Board, 31, was commissioned in June 2002, and was assigned to Cheatham County in the Nashville District.
Pending the on-going criminal investigation, this is all the Department of Safety can release at this time.