Interim Kosciusko Co. sheriff chosen to fill position

A photo of Captain Rocky Goshert, provided by the Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department.

KOSCIUSKO COUNTY, Ind. (WANE)  Former Kosciusko County Sheriff and current acting Sheriff William “Rocky” Goshert has been selected to replace Sheriff Aaron Rovenstine, who was removed from office after pleading guilty to a felony charge this spring.

A caucus was held Wednesday night in which 69 Republicans voted to chose the new sheriff.

The six candidates who wanted the position were:

  • Former Warsaw Police officer Jordan Foreman
  • Kosciusko County Sheriff’s detective Josh Spangle
  • Former Indiana State Police Commander Louis “Bill” Brown
  • Kosciusko County Sheriff’s work release center employee Kelly Prater
  • Indiana State Trooper Kyle Dukes
  • Former Kosciusko County Sheriff and current acting Kosciusko County Sheriff William “Rocky” Goshert
Former Kosciusko County Sheriff Aaron Rovenstine

Goshert said it is important for him serve as sheriff for the next year but he excepts the position with a heavy heart.

“There’s a lot of damage to several families it this community,” he said “That hurts me. I won but it was at a heavy cost. But it hurts.”

Roventine pleaded guilty in April to a single charge of Level 6 felony Intimidation and was sentenced to one year of probation. In February 2016, Rovenstine was indicted on 10 felony charges after investigators found he accepted $40,000 in bribes so favors could be granted to a jail inmate, then intimidated a Warsaw Police Department detective who had suspicions of Rovenstine’s activities.

A plea deal with prosecutors dropped nine of those 10 charges and kept Rovenstine out of prison.

Rovenstine was elected in 2014. Goshert will complete his four-year term. A new sheriff will be elected in May 2018. Goshert said it is unlikely that he will run.