Area jail administrator fired over shredded inmate documents

Hill County Jail Capt. Sherry “Diann” Hammer. (Sheriff's Office photo)
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HILLSBORO, Texas (KWTX) The head of the Hill County Jail has been fired as the result of an internal administrative investigation over the shredding of inmate documents.

Capt. Sherry "Diann" Hammer is no longer employed by the Hill Sheriff’s Office, Chief Deputy Scott Robinson said Thursday.

Administrative Sgt. Kyle Cox, who was serving as the acting jail administrator in Hammer's absence, has been promoted to captain and will take over the jail, Robinson said.

Robinson said he couldn't comment further because of a pending criminal case against her.

Hammer was arrested in April following a Texas Rangers investigation over accusations she ordered a detention officer to shred documents.

Hammer, 68, was charged with tampering with government records, a class A misdemeanor.

According to the complaint, Hammer called a detention officer into her office on March 15, handed her a stack of inmate request forms, and instructed her to shred them.

The officer kept the forms and gave them to a Ranger who later verified there were no other copies of the inmate request forms, although Hammer had told him the originals had been filed and stored, the complaint says.

"In summary, Captain Hammer removed original government documents (inmate request forms) from her office and instead of placing the forms in the inmate's file, she directed a subordinate to destroy the documents by shredding them," the investigator said in the complaint.

Hammer's Fort Worth based attorney has denied the claims.

"There were no original documents, only copies," Randall Moore told KWTX in April.

"Tampering with a government record is the most misused criminal offense by district attorneys when it comes to Texas police officers,” he said.

Moore said there was much more behind this case than what was on the surface, confirming the detention officer in the complaint is Hammer's relative.

"There's a lot of things that are going to come out of this case that will reveal that my client didn't do anything wrong, a lot of politics and other things that are going on behind the scenes," said Moore.

"I think there are a lot of problems with that administration and they should be focusing on those, not on something that didn't happen."

Hammer was hired on at the HCSO in August of 2016.

She was placed on administrative leave when the Rangers' investigation was launched in March.

The jail passed state inspection May 24.