Former police chief will fill in for suspended Ohio sheriff

Sandusky County Sheriff Kyle Overmyer (Sandusky County Sheriff's Office)
Sandusky County Sheriff Kyle Overmyer (Sandusky County Sheriff's Office)

FREMONT, Ohio (AP) — A former police chief has been named interim sheriff for northern Ohio’s Sandusky County as the current sheriff faces charges alleging he stole medications from prescription drug disposal drop boxes.

A local Republican party committee has chosen former Fremont chief Tim Wiersma to fill in for suspended Sheriff Kyle Overmyer, who is part of the committee and helped pick his temporary replacement on Wednesday.

Overmyer also is accused of deceiving doctors into giving him painkillers and misusing department funds. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.

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The 54-year-old Wiersma is expected to finish Overmyer’s current term, which expires at the end of the year.

Overmyer is running for re-election and has previously suggested that the investigation was politically motivated.

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