WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — West Lafayette Police Chief Jason Dombkowski is taking an immediate leave of absence to focus on his campaign for Tippecanoe County Sheriff. Dombkowski says Mayor John Dennis approved the leave on Monday.
Dombkowski, a Republican, is opposed by Democrat Bob Goldsmith.
“We have a contested election and Mayor Dennis approved this leave. It’s the right thing for me, my family, and law enforcement,” Dombkowski said.
Dombkowski said the leave will be a combination of accrued leave time and unpaid leave. In his absence, Deputy Chief of Police Troy Harris will be interim Chief of Police.
The leave is effective immediately, and runs “at least through the election,” which will be held November 6.
Monday, Bob Goldsmith reached out to News 18 with a response to his opponent's leave.
"I am not aware of the circumstances behind my opponent taking a leave of absence and it is not my place to comment, my opponent’s leave is between him, his family, Mayor Dennis, the West Lafayette Police Department and the citizens of West Lafayette. What I can say is that my focus is on my full time job as the Lieutenant of the Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Office Detective Division and making sure we are serving and protecting the citizens of Tippecanoe County the best way we can. When I am off work my focus is fully on my campaign and working with my outstanding committee to make this dream a reality. My focus is working to empower the community for positive change."
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