Ex-Callaway Sheriff, guilty of DWI, holds $12K for 2024 campaign


Former sheriff Clay Chism, who was removed from his position last year, has managed to amass approximately $12,000 for his campaign in the 2024 elections. His campaign committee for the Callaway County sheriff’s race this August is operational, and current reports show that he has $11,761.89 in funds. The last donation received by Chism was in May 2023, and he has since incurred expenses totaling $840 which were paid off to Seal Rite in Auxvasse.

Chism was relieved of his duties as Callaway County Sheriff in June following the suspension of his peace officer’s license due to accusations of alcohol consumption and purchase while on duty. His license is still under suspension. Darryl Maylee, the interim sheriff who also serves as the treasurer for Chism’s campaign, took over his duties.

Chism, currently the only active campaigner for the Callaway County Sheriff’s race, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor driving while intoxicated in Randolph County in December. Consequently, he was placed on two years of unsupervised probation.

His peace officer’s license hearing, initially scheduled for January 17, has been postponed to either April or May following a joint motion of continuance filed on Thursday.

Interestingly, Chism has still been receiving his sheriff’s salary from Callaway County, with Callaway County Human Resources Director Leah Laramore confirming that Chism has been paid $72,487.90 since his suspension on June 9. Interim sheriff Maylee, like Chism, continues to earn a sheriff’s salary.

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