Interim Clark County sheriff in hospital


by Whitney Harding

Posted on August 20, 2014 at 5:27 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 20 at 6:59 PM

CLARK CO., Ind. (WHAS11) -- It's just another twist down the windy road the Clark County Sheriff's Department has recently been on. Exactly three weeks ago Sheriff Dan Rodden went on administrative leave after being indicted on felony criminal charges. 


Now, the man who stepped into his shoes for the time being, Chief John Kahafer, is in the hospital. 


Lieutenant Colonel Brian Meyer said Kahafer is “stable and guarded at this time.”


On Monday night Kahafer's wife found him unconscious and unresponsive in their bedroom. He was taken to Kentuckiana Medical Center in Clarksville still alive thanks to the quick response of family members.


"He has two daughters and both of them are in the medical field,” explained Meyer. “They performed CPR and in my opinion saved his life."


Now, Meyer is fulfilling the Clark County Sheriff's responsibilities. 


"With the absence of the sheriff and the chief then the daily duties of running the place falls on me,” he said. “We got very adequate staff. They know what they're doing."


When asked, “What else would you like to say to the citizens of Clark County?” Meyer emphasized there is nothing to worry about with regards to the department. 


"Let them know that everything is going as it should be and our prayers should be in to Chief Kahafer,” he said. “He has a good return to work and be back soon."


Sherrif Rodden was indicted on July 29 and charged with counseling the destruction of evidence in a federal investigation and seven counts of making a false statement to the FBI.


According to the indictment, Rodden, 60, is accused of giving a prostitute law enforcement credentials so she could get a hotel room at a reduced rate. He is also accused of engaging in a sexual act with her and paying $300.


Rodden is an elected official and has five months left in his current term.