Tippecanoe Co. Election Board to review Dombkowski's cell use

An official complaint has been filed against Tippecanoe County Sheriff Candidate Jason Dombkowski over his cell phone use.

Posted: May 1, 2018 5:50 PM
Updated: May 1, 2018 11:17 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - An anonymous complaint has been filed against Tippecanoe County Sheriff Candidate Jason Dombkowski, over his cell phone use.

On Friday, News 18 reported West Lafayette Police Chief Jason Dombkowski used his city-issued cell phone for several campaign calls, potentially breaking election law.

The election board said the complaint wasn't signed and came in anonymously on Monday. However, News 18 was first told of the complaint Tuesday by a Michael Vinson.

Indiana Code states a candidate may not knowingly or intentionally use government property for campaign related purposes. When News 18 asked Dombkowski about it, he said he never knowingly did it.

That same day he voluntarily paid the city back nearly $700 for his WLPD cell phone bill. However, the complaint said paying back the city for multiple violations of misusing city property is not appropriate.

Dombkowski's campaign issued a response to the complaint, saying in part, "This was done by someone to get media coverage at the last minute before the election. Whoever is behind this publicity stunt does not think much of Tippecanoe County voters. Our citizens will not fall for a cheap political trick."

The election board will discuss the complaint at their previously scheduled Election Day meeting on May 8 in the Tippecanoe County Office Building. They may decide whether to refer the matter to police. The meeting is open to the public.

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