Stephenson and Sutton

(7-15-21) An investigation into the Portland Police Department by the Indiana State Police has led to the resignation of Chief Josh Stephenson. and the hiring of a new Chief, Mitch Sutton.

Stephenson, who held the position for just six months, resigned as Chief on Tuesday, but will remain with the force after taking some time off, and Sutton was appointed by Portland Mayor John Boggs and started his new position on Wednesday.

The Indiana State Police has confirmed that the department was under investigation to the Portland Commercial Review

Indiana State Police public information officer Brian K. Walker said the investigation is complete and has been turned over to special prosecutor Jeremy Brown of Adams County.

In an email the same day, Brown would not release details about the investigation because it is ongoing but said he hoped to have it wrapped up “in the next couple of weeks.”

In the C-R story city attorney Bill Hinkle said –

“I don’t think we can comment on any investigation because we’ve not heard anything.”

According to WANE TV… State police have been investigating the department since February, after receiving what was described as “anonymous allegation of officer misconduct regarding a 2018 inter-departmental incident involving a Portland Police Department officer(s).”

The new Chief is a 32 year veteran of the Jay County Sheriff’s Office and for the past year he has been in charge of security at the Jay County Courthouse.

Controversy is not new to the Portland Department in 2021….in May Joshua Clark, a Portland Police Officer, was arrested by Avon (Indiana) Police on two counts of child solicitation. Clark had already resigned from the force after the incident went viral on You Tube.