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Clark County officials react to sheriff's indictment

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Danny Rodden (Source: WAVE 3 News Archives) Danny Rodden (Source: WAVE 3 News Archives)
Jack Coffman, president of the Clark County Commissioners. Jack Coffman, president of the Clark County Commissioners.
Jacob Elder (Source: Clark County, IN website) Jacob Elder (Source: Clark County, IN website)

JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WAVE) - After the news broke of Clark County Sheriff Daniel Rodden's indictment, other county officials were left to figure out what, if anything will happen with his position. 

Jack Coffman, president of the Clark County Commissioners, explained it is not in the authority of the commission to remove a sheriff from post, as he is in a separate department and is an elected official.

Coffman said it was too early to determine whether the commission would ask for his resignation in the future. He also said he will wait for a conviction before he deems Rodden guilty of the charges he’s facing.

In the meantime, Coffman said he feels for Rodden’s family.

“I was shocked and disappointed,” he said of the news. “I’m sorry for the family, Sheriff Rodden’s family. This has got to be a tough situation.”

Jacob Elder, the Clark County Attorney, pointed to Article 6, Section 8 of Indiana’s Constitution where it declares that a county employee may be impeached or removed from office “in such a manner as may be prescribed by law.” The article does not specify what law that would be.

Elder was seeking direction from the State Attorney’s Office before he could make a determination.

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