Sheriff: ‘Nothing easy about arresting people you know’
by Rachel Davis
Jun 06, 2014 | 5938 views | 0 0 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Grady Keith Concord
Grady Keith Concord
Winston County Investigator Sgt. Grady Keith Concord, 41, of Nauvoo, remains in the Lauderdale County Jail on a $500,000 cash bond.

Concord was arrested Wednesday on a single charge of second-degree manufacturing methamphetamine.

Concord was arrested and charged following an investigation by the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency and the FBI, with the full cooperation of the Winston County Sheriff’s Office, according to Winston County Sheriff Rick Harris.

Harris said that the investigation showed that Concord was acting alone and expressed disappointment in the deputy’s actions.

Concord has been with the sheriff’s office for approximately two years. Harris said Concord had previously worked for Cordova Police Department.

Harris said he became aware of allegations against Concord approximately six weeks ago, but believed the FBI and Alabama Law Enforcement Agency first began investigating late last year. Harris said the investigation and arrest had been difficult for him and his department, but he believed law enforcement officers must be held to a high standard.

“Even though Keith is one of us, he was not acting as the rest of us would have acted, but when you buy, sell, use or make illegal drugs, you better be ready to pay the price,” Harris said. “Sgt. Concord will have to do just that, pay the price, and it will be much larger than a private citizen would have to pay.

“There is nothing easy about arresting people you know, and especially your own employees,” Harris continued. “You just want to see them in a better light, but sometimes they fail you and themselves. I don't recall anyone saying this job would be easy, but we own to those we serve to rid our ranks of those who are just as the ones we arrest. Keith stepped way over the line, and he will have face the consequences. Situations like this are tough on all of us, in that we all thought a lot about Keith and his family, but our sworn oath to the people of our county compels us to do our duty in such matters.”

Harris said the FBI would be talking to Concord today and would possibly add additional charges related to these allegations over the next few days or weeks.