GREENFIELD — Embattled Deputy Scott Roeger has resigned from the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department, but he will be paid for unused vacation and sick time despite a new county policy that states otherwise.
The Sheriff’s Merit Board formally accepted Roeger’s resignation Wednesday, one week after it was turned in.
The resignation is effective Jan. 8, but Sheriff Mike Shepherd said Roeger will be paid an additional $2,236 for three weeks of unused vacation time and sick time for 2014.
That makes for a total of more than $12,000 Roeger will have been paid since he was suspended in early October. While local officials say the resignation marks the end of an expensive, strenuous chapter in the department’s history, it’s better to accept Roeger’s resignation than to go through a termination hearing that could open the county up to an even lengthier and costly legal battle.
“If he resigns, he can’t appeal it or anything – it’s done, it’s over,” said Ronnie Mohr, merit board president.