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Anna officials release charges against police chief, may disband department

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ANNA — Anna officials have released administrative charges against the village’s police chief and may disband its police department.

The Sidney Daily News reports Mayor Robert Anderson sent a letter to Police Chief Scott Evans citing charges including malfeasance, dishonesty and incompetence.

The charges were prepared in advance of a public hearing at 7 p.m. Tuesday, where the chief’s future with the village is expected to be decided, according to the Daily News.

Charges against Evans stem from recent incidents including his admission that he contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation to report allegations that Shelby County Sheriff John Lenhart and other deputies are involved in public corruption, drug activity, payoffs and sexual activity with underage girls. Evans also alleged that deputy Tim Bender, who also serves as Anna’s fire chief, was responsible for an arson fire at the village’s squad rescue building.

Mayor Anderson’s letter states that Evans failed to adequately investigate the legitimacy of allegations he reported to the FBI and that he also discussed unfounded allegations about county and village personnel with local media.

They also question that Chief Evans may not meet the village’s residency requirement.

The mayor told the Daily News that village council members may also consider at Tuesday’s meeting whether or not to abolish the police department.

Photo from Gateway Arts Council website.

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