Gibson didn’t return calls for comment from the Springfield News-Sun.
He served with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office for 26 years and was most recently assigned to the jail division. A retirement board will determine if Gibson will receive his benefits, Kelly said.
Gibson would have faced an internal investigation if he hadn’t retired, the sheriff said.
“There would’ve been serious discipline as consequences for these violations,” he said. “All deputies are supposed to adhere to all laws, rules and regulations. And they take an oath to that effect.”
Last month a Clark County deputy was charged with operating a vehicle while impaired, according to court records. Steven Elliott was transferred to the jail division, where he isn't required to drive as part of his duties, Ben Hunt, human relations manager with the Clark County Sheriff's Office, previously told the Springfield News-Sun.
“It is not a trend,” Kelly said of the recent criminal charges against two deputies. “I think my record speaks for itself that we uphold our law enforcement officers to a higher standard.”
But deputies are human, he said, and make mistakes.
“They make bad decisions,” he said. “They have even more severe penalties because of the higher standard they’re held to.”
Gibson appeared in Clark County Common Pleas Court on Friday and was offered a continuance until next week. He didn’t enter a plea to the charge of insurance fraud. If convicted, he likely won’t face prison time because he has no prior criminal record, Wilson said.