Former Marion Fire Chief Faces 14 Felony Charges

By Kevin Kitt
By Stephanie Parkinson

May 2, 2013 Updated May 2, 2013 at 5:40 PM EDT

MARION, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) - Former Marion Fire Chief Stephen Gorrell is accused of stealing money from the city he served.

50-year-old Gorrell was arrested Thursday. He faces 14 felony charges in Grant County. Those include several counts of theft, forgery, misconduct and corrupt business.

"If something happens, it doesn't matter where you are, we are going to take the decisive steps that need to be taken and turn it over to the people that need to investigate,” said Mayor Wayne Seybold, City of Marion.

Court documents claim the alleged incidents happened between 2006 and 2011 while Gorrell was chief of the city's fire department. Gorrell retired last year.

The Mayor of Marion says his office was first to notice a problem.

"We started an internal investigation and when it got above what we thought was our scope of knowledge we turned it over to the prosecutor’s office and to state police,” said Seybold.

Even though Mayor Seybold’s office started the investigation Mayor Seybold says he's very thankful for Gorrell's service to his community.

"Sometimes things happen, and in this case we're not quite sure what they are yet because everybody is innocent until proven guilty,” said Seybold.

Court documents claim Gorrell stole around $11,000 by selling back sick days and vacation days he wasn't entitled to, and by claiming pay adjustments for certifications he did not have.

"Maybe there is a reason for what he did, we don't know yet. But at this point we're just going to leave it in the hands of the prosecutor's office,” said Seybold.

Just hours after the case was filed in the Grant County Superior Court the judge filed a recusal order, asking to step away from the case.

So far no future court dates have been set.

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