Grills admitted, “I was always having a rough time dealing with other elected officials. I fought for what was right. I fought against corruption. I fought against the poor use of funds.”
RCSO Chief Deputy Rob Bradley will run the office until Grills’ replacement is named, according to the East Central High School graduate, who went on to receive degrees from Vincennes and Ball State universities.
Ginger Bradford, Ripley County Republican Party chair, said, “I wasn’t really surprised” about Grills vacating the office, but she would not elaborate.
She has not scheduled a Republican caucus yet to choose a new sheriff. The appointment, after a vote by 24 precinct committeepersons from the entire county, must be made by April 24, according to a state statute.
Are there special requirements or training to be sheriff? Bradford answered, “No. Isn’t that scary? That rule needs to be changed .... I just hope if someone’s interested that they have had law enforcement training and know something about the office.”
Potential candidates should notify the party chair at 812-756-0778 as soon as possible. Paperwork must be completed at least 72 hours before the caucus.
When asked if she expected Republican primary candidates Rob Bradley, Jeff Cumberworth and Joseph Mann to apply, she said, “I’m hoping they don’t. I feel like if we were to ... appoint one, to me it seems Republicans are supporting that person and I don’t think that’s right. We don’t endorse for the primary.”
Debbie Blank can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 812-934-4343, Ext. 113.