Impersonation charge dropped against Starke County Sheriff candidate

Starke Co., Ind. It was an exciting day for a Starke County sheriff's candidate as the Pulaski County Prosecutor's Office filed a motion to drop the case against him.

Greg Wireman, 38, had been facing one count of impersonation of a public servant.

But the special prosecuting attorney has put in a request to dismiss the charge after further investigation showed that Wireman had sufficient training to exercise police powers as a corrections officer.

Therefore, he did not falsely represent himself as a public servant.

“It was a great opportunity for us, one to show that the judicial system does work and we were excited about that,” says Greg Wireman.

This all unfolded back in February, exactly six months ago when door-to-door salesmen came through the Starke County area.

Wireman says residents in the area called 911 on suspicion that this was a scam, but sheriff's deputies were tied up.

When they then pushed their way into his aunt's house, she called him for help.

Wireman showed up, and that's when the salesmen accused him of confiscating their driver's licenses even though he didn't have a badge.

But, Wireman says he’s still dealing with the aftermath.

“When I did get charged with the felony, then I was terminated from community corrections. That was hard for me to swallow. I was not going to resign, they had given me the opportunity to resign if I wanted to and I always felt that a resignation is going to be an admission of guilt when I had done nothing wrong,” explains Wireman.

Wireman says the county handbook states if you are charged with a felony you may be terminated. Then there was reaction from the community.

“When this first happened, or course its, 'oh Greg did this and what a horrible thing', and of course it’s bad news, but I have said all along, let the whole story come out, let’s hear the entire truth and let people know,” Wireman continues.

Wireman says this would never have happened if it wasn't politically motivated or if the Starke County Sheriff’s Department gave the prosecutor a full report.

The sheriff disagrees saying Wireman brought this out as being political.

“I feel he didn’t have a right to do what he wanted to do. He has a right to go out and deal with people that are on home detention,” says Starke County Sheriff, Oscar Cowen, “they did their job as the officers and there's proper ways of pursuing this and I stand behind my officers 100 percent”.

Now, after all of this, Wireman says he's just ready to move forward. He's still running for sheriff against three other people as of right now.

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