After 16 years in office, suspended Sheriff George Knupp Jr. of Lake County, Fl., has resigned, ending months of public shame and controversy with an apology and a vow not to seek re-election, reports the Orlando Sentinel. Knupp’s departure followed charges that he lied to a grand jury about how his department sold off surplus vehicles.
The grand jury raised questions about vehicles the Sheriff’s Office traded in that were later bought by Knupp and his relatives, friends, and employees. The jurors cited no wrongdoing regarding the vehicle purchases, but they found inconsistencies in Knupp’s testimony. The popular four-term sheriff was charged with two counts of perjury and suspended.
Knupp apologized for his actions in an open letter required in a pretrial-intervention program that will result in the charges against him being dropped. “It was not my intention to mislead the Grand Jury in its investigation of possible criminal conduct,” Knupp wrote in the letter dated April 26.