Former Commissioners Searched for Missing Files

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

The possibility of missing files from the Washington County Commissioners' Office has Sheriff's deputies searching the homes of two former commissioners.

"It was very degrading, and I was quite upset," John Grimes, a former commissioner, said about the search.

After the hard-drives of several county-owned computers showed up empty, deputies are now looking to Grimes for the missing files.

"The items that we searched for today were items that the present county commissioners need for their day to day operations, and the information that was taken hindered them from doing their jobs since they have now been elected officials in Washington County," Lieutenant Brian Schuck said.

Deputies are also looking through the items of former commissioner Larry Steinel. Steinel hasn't been available for comment, but Grimes said they did have their computers scrubbed before leaving office.

"Perhaps removing everything was not the right thing to do, but nothing was taken, nothing was removed that would have been any benefit to the incoming commissioners," Grimes said.

Grimes also said he had saved files on a couple of thumb drives, but claims that any information he has, is either private e-mails or public records.

The next step for the sheriff's office is to review any documents obtained during the searches.

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  • by John Location: Marietta on Feb 9, 2009 at 05:59 AM
    Looks like the cops were finally able to catch up to Grimes' ego. His involvement is not surprising.
  • by Patty Location: Marietta on Feb 8, 2009 at 07:00 AM
    Steinel would not be involved in this "childish prank" or do anything that is illegal. He is the good guy. I do believe that Grimes is a "sore loser" and never realized his actions would bring on this investigation. He needs to grow up and take his medicine. Leaving an office with no furniture, etc. is a childish, immature person. Thank goodness he was beat out by Weber. We do not need people like Grimes representing our county. Steinel has worked many hard hours for this county and I wish him well.
  • by Matt Location: Marietta on Feb 7, 2009 at 10:53 AM
    Wow, another corrupt public official. Grimes gets beat fairly in an election and then takes revenge by stealing the records of the office he was elected to, sad! I guess the voters did a great job by getting Grimes out of office. Lets see what else he was doing that was illegal, I'm sure this isn't the last we hear about this.
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