Sandusky County, Ohio Sheriff Kyle Overmyer who pleaded not guilty to the 43 criminal charges against him in court on Wednesday, August 24, 2016, refuses to resign from office, his reelection campaign for this November is still in effect.
Overmyer remains sheriff of Sandusky County even though as a condition of his bond Overmyer is unable to carry a gun or have contact with anyone at the Sandusky County Sheriff’s office. Visiting Judge Patricia A. Cosgrove also ordered Kyle Overmyer to hand over his badge after he pleaded not guilty to any of the charges against him.
Officially, Overmyer remains the county’s sheriff, continuing to collect his paychecks for his $69,000/year salary. Officially, Overmyer remains on the dole of Sandusky County taxpayers even though he is unable to function in the position for which he is being paid. Special Prosecutor Carol Hamilton O’Brien of Delaware County has already filed the paperwork with the Ohio Supreme Court needed to request Overmyer be suspended from office pending the outcome of his trial scheduled for March 6, 2017.
With Pending Felony Charges, Sheriff Kyle Overmyer Remains on the November 2016 Ballot to Remain in Office
The 42-year-old Overmyer has been with the Sandusky County Sheriff’s department for most of his law enforcement career, beginning as a corrections officer in the county jail, on the patrol division beginning in 2001 and obtained the position of detective within the sheriff’s department in 2003. Overmyer was appointed sheriff in 2008 following the death of then-Sheriff David Gangwer. Overmyer first ran for, and won, office as Sandusky County Sheriff in 2012.
A local newspaper, the Fremont News-Messenger, interviewed random Sandusky County residents at the county fair being held this past week to learn what their thoughts were on the upcoming sheriff’s election and Sheriff Overmyer in particular.
Reactions varied, with some people responding that the recent events did not change their views of Overmyer, citing the code of criminal justice that says each person is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Others said that although Overmyer should get the benefit of the doubt as to his guilt, the lengthy investigative process and multiple criminal charges could not be overlooked when choosing for whom to vote on election day.
The general election will take place on November 8, 2016; a conference pre-trial phone call is scheduled to take place November 9, 2016 between special prosecutor O’Brien and Overmyer’s attorneys, Ronald Mayle and Jeremiah Ray.
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