Michigan State Police detectives have finished their investigation into whether or not Jackson County Sheriff Steve Rand misappropriated funds. Detective/1st Lt. Thomas DeClercq told wilx.com he will be reviewing the findings with the state Attorney General's office. State Police are not releasing any details of the investigation at this time.
In an email to wilx.com, Sheriff Rand says his department has cooperated fully with the MSP investigation and is awaiting review from the Attorney General's Office. Rand added he is 'confident they will find these claims to be without merit.'
This is the second major scandal involving Sheriff Rand. He was recorded making derogatory comments about women and minorities. The tapes were released as part of a lawsuit filed against him. Rand admitted making the comments but told wilx.com he will not resign. The Jackson County Board of Commissioners has asked Governor Rick Snyder to remove him from office. The Governor's office and Attorney General's office are reviewing that request.
News 10 and FOX 47 will continue to keep you updated on both cases and will let you know if any criminal charges are filed or if the sheriff is removed from office.