Acting Clark Co. Sheriff dies after illness - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Acting Clark Co. Sheriff dies after illness

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Chief Deputy John Kahafer with the Clark County Sheriff's Department has died. He was 57.

That's according to Lt. Col. Brian Meyer with the Clark County Sheriff's Department.

Meyer says Kahafer had been struggling with illness lately, and died Monday around 11 p.m. with family by his side at the Kentuckiana Medical Center. Meyer says Kahafer was taken there on Aug. 18 after his wife found him unresponsive at their home.

Kahafer was put in charge of the department after Clark County Sheriff Danny Rodden was placed on administrative leave at the end of July.

Meyer is now in charge of the department.

"We've got very competent veteran officers that are helping me run the daily operations, and it's going along just fine," Meyer said.

Meyer's appointment to chief deputy adds to uneasiness in the department, still rocked by scandal involving Sheriff Danny Rodden, who was indicted in late July, charged with lying to the FBI to cover up an affair with a prostitute.

Rodden, who remains on paid administrative leave, promoted Meyer to chief deputy from home. We're told Rodden has no intention of coming back to work until his term ends in four months.

"It's not his intention by any manner or scope to return as the acting sheriff of Clark County," said Rodden's attorney, Larry Wilder. "That's why, today, this decision was made immediately.

It was interesting timing for Meyer, who is running for sheriff.

"It's an opportunity I'd rather not have, based on the situation that has left me in charge of this office, I'd rather it not have happened," Meyer said.

Meyer has worked for the Clark County Sheriff's Department more than 25 years, and most recently oversaw the patrol division.

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