Questions about Sheriff Cox’s status kept secret

From the Dayton Daily News Miami County commissioners said Thursday they will submit legal questions regarding the running of the sheriff’s office to the county prosecutor, but will not make those questions public.

The commissioners have said they were drawing up questions on legal and financial issues as a result of the county having both a sheriff and an acting sheriff.

Chief Deputy David Duchak was sworn in Nov. 12 as acting sheriff at the request of Sheriff Charles Cox to do required county jail inspections and other physical duties of the sheriff, as needed. Cox is recovering from complications following surgery.

Prosecutor Tony Kendell and Assistant Prosecutor Chris Englert met for an hour Thursday in executive session with commissioners. Afterward, commissioners issued a statement saying they were advised the questions are protected by attorney-client privilege.

The commissioners said that while they wish the sheriff a full recovery, Cox’s absences in the last 12 to 18 months “have created issues that we feel need to be addressed.”

Once they get answers commissioners said they “will be able to take the appropriate action to ensure the current situation in the sheriff’s office does not jeopardize Miami County in any way.”

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