Winkler County Homeland Security Coordinator Charged with Felony

By: Sarah Snyder
NewsWest 9

WINKLER COUNTY - It's a prescription for trouble. Two Winkler County nurses were arrested and charged with misusing officials documents.

The County Attorney tells NewsWest 9 the two hospital employees sent patient files to the state medical board in an attempt to harm one of the Winkler physicians.

One of those nurses is also the county's Homeland Security coordinator.

52-year-old Anne Mitchell is responsible for grant writing and acting as the liason between County agencies and Homeland Security. Mitchell still holds that title, but has been terminated from the hospital.

"Law enforcement officers became aware that there were potential issues with the release of some medical records by more and more people at the hospital," Winkler County Attorney, Scott Tidwell said.

Mitchell was released on a $5,000 bond. She's charged with a third degree felony. If convicted she could face up to ten years and a $10,000 fine.