A joint investigation of the FBI and the Boone County-Hamilton County Drug Task concerning alleged misconduct with a prostitute over the last three to four years led to the abrupt resignation today of Boone County Sheriff Ken Campbell (R). WRTV published the following statement Campbell released to the media announcing his resignation:
"Certain allegations have recently arisen in regards to my conduct. While I believe I have committed no illegal acts, I must apologize for serious errors of judgment in my personal life. I have thoughtlessly and deeply hurt my family, friends, co-workers and those who placed their trust in me.
I will make no excuses for my actions because there are no excuses. I also realize that some might believe that all my previous words about honor, duty and responsibility now seem hypocritical. While I completely understand those concerns, I would just say that I did, and still do, believe in those ideals even if I did not live up to them in my own personal life.
I will have no further statement on this matter and would ask for privacy as I work to regain the trust of my loving wife Shari and our family who has needlessly suffered because of my self-centered actions. I will also work to again be worthy of the trust that so many placed in me over the years.
For now I am preparing to submit my retirement paperwork forthwith.
Chief Deputy Nielsen, whom also deserves a public apology because of my thoughtlessness, will serve as acting Sheriff."Mike Nielsen, who has a 25-year working relationship with Campbell and served as his chief deputy, has assumed the duties as acting sheriff. He was nominated in the Republican primary this year to succeed Campbell, who was running unopposed for a seat on the county council in November. Nielsen told reporters he was unsure whether criminal charges would be filed against Campbell.
UPDATE: Boone Co. GOP Chairwoman Debbie Ottinger tells the Star that Campbell is also dropping his election bid for the county council in November. His vacancy on the ballot will be filled by a person chosen by precinct committeepersons within the district.