Rushville Republican

September 13, 2013

Fayette Co. surveyor to resign

Rushville Republican

---- — Jerry L. Gobin, longtime Fayette County Surveyor, has submitted his resignation to Governor Mike Pence. The resignation is effective Dec. 31, 2013.

Gobin has been under investigation by the Indiana State Police and the Rush County Prosecutor’s Office, which was appointed as a special prosecutor earlier this year to oversee the investigation.

That investigation concerned allegations that Gobin committed ghost employment and official misconduct by using the resources of the Fayette County Surveyor’s Office (including employees, time and equipment) for his own private surveyor’s business.

Rush County Prosecutor Phil Caviness stated that his office and the Indiana State Police conducted a thorough investigation of the allegations, and when he met with Gobin in August, Gobin indicated that he would resign his position as Fayette County Surveyor.

Caviness said that since the ultimate goal of any prosecution of this type involves stopping any illegal conduct and removal of the public official from office, he is satisfied with Gobin’s resignation and considers the investigation closed.

Gobin was reelected last year and would have had three years remaining on his term of office.

Under Indiana law, Gobin’s political party will caucus to appoint a replacement to fulfill the remainder of his term.

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