County employee arrested

Terri Pace

Former Harrison County Chief Deputy Treasurer Terri Ann Pace has been arrested for abuse of official capacity, allegedly stealing more than $1,500, but less than $20,000 while working for the county.

"The Harrison County District Attorney's Office requested an investigation by the Texas Rangers after some discrepancies were found in an internal financial audit. So the result of the investigation was the arrest of Pace for abuse of official capacity," DPS Spokesperson Sgt. Jean Dark told the News Messenger in a statement.

Pace, 51, of Marshall, was arrested Tuesday morning and has since been released on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond.

Pace worked as chief deputy treasurer under the administration of former county treasurer Jamie Noland. She was hired in August 2016. On Jan. 1, 2019, she transferred her employment to Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace Judge Nancy George’s office to work as a court clerk.

According to the county’s human resource records, Pace has been on paid administrative leave since June 21, pending the Texas Rangers’ investigation. Since her arrest, she has been terminated.