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Sheriff's office handling probe of two G'wich officers

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:48 PM

GREENWICH - The Huron County Sheriff's Office is handling an internal investigation about the alleged misconduct of two Greenwich police officers.

Sheriff Richard Sutherland declined to elaborate on the details, but said the first step is for investigators to determine who made the allegations. He spoke to Greenwich Interim Police Chief Shawn Craig and Mayor Gary Sprague about the matter last week.

"We don't know if it's criminal or what," Sutherland said. "(Craig) is getting his report together and then we'll be doing it."

The investigation involves two veteran officers stemming from the same incident, Craig said.

"I can't get into ... details because it's an open case," he added, saying he turned the investigation over to the sheriff's office June 29.

Craig, the former assistant chief, was named the interim police chief June 21 after chief Kevin VerBurg resigned during an executive session of village council meeting. Village officials haven't provided details on exactly why VerBurg quit, but Sprague has said VerBurg, the chief since 2003, resigned for personal reasons after he moved out of Greenwich.

Sprague said this morning there has been no decision on the search for a new chief, but said the matter will be discussed during an executive session. The next council meeting is scheduled for 8 p.m. Tuesday.

The mayor declined to comment on the internal investigation.

"There are a couple incidents under investigation by the Huron County Sheriff's Office," Sprague said.

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