LIMA — Whatever is happening with the FBI investigation involving the Allen County Sheriff’s Office is going to take another month or two before more is known.
FBI spokeswoman Vicki Anderson said any documents that she said last week may be unsealed this week will not be released for another month or two.
The documents are related to a search warrant the FBI served at the Allen County Sheriff’s Office. FBI and state Bureau of Criminal Investigation agents were seen Sept. 7 at the Sheriff’s Office collecting information, reportedly from Sheriff Sam Crish’s office.
Anderson said because of the pending matter she could not say anything further.
Crish has not been back to work since and has not returned repeated messages left seeking comment. His cellphone voice mail was full and unable to accept messages.
Sheriff Lt. Matt Treglia said the day-to-day operations of the office have not been affected by Crish’s absence and the public can be assured there is no decline in services.
“The public is safe,” Treglia said.
Treglia did not know when Crish may return to work.
Robert Cornwell, executive director of the Buckeye State Sheriffs’ Association, said Ohio law only requires county officials, including the sheriff, to be present one day each 90 days. He said that is an old law that has been on the books for many years, and most sheriffs work full time and the public expects them to work full time.
Sheriffs also do not accrue vacation or sick time, but that does not mean they do not take time off, he said.
Sheriff’s offices can run without the elected sheriff present even though the sheriff is required to perform a variety of duties such as sign deeds or concealed handgun licenses. The sheriff can assign an officer, such as the chief deputy, to sign those type of documents on his behalf, Cornwell said.
Crish was first elected in 2008 and will be the only candidate on the ballot in November when he seeks re-election.
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