The finances of a Vermont sheriff’s department and the sheriff-elect due to take office next week

The finances of a Vermont sheriff’s department and the sheriff-elect due to take office next week, who is already facing charges of abusing a shackled prisoner, are being investigated, the Vermont State Police said. Franklin County sheriff-elect John Grismore is facing a simple assault charge after authorities say he was seen on surveillance video kicking a prisoner. He is due to take office on Feb. 1. Grismore, who was fired in August as a captain in the sheriff’s department, said he hadn’t been in the office for six months. State Police spokesman Adam Silverman said detectives began the investigation “into the finances at the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department and Sheriff-elect John Grismore” at the request of Vermont Auditor of Accounts Doug Hoffer.  Silverman says the investigation is active and ongoing, but no further information is available.