The commissioners oversee Mason in his role as warden. However his sheriff's position is an elected position.
Pingie says he has not seen the resignation letter yet because he and commissioner Cliff Lane were out of town today, but Commissioner Joe DeMott informed them of Mason’s plans to resign.
Speculation has been rampant as to why Mason took an extended vacation and leave of absence but Pingie says, as far as he knows, none of that was addressed in the letter.
We’ll bring you more on this developing story later this evening.