WARSAW — After five rounds of voting, William “Rocky” Goshert, who has been interim sheriff since May 23, was elected Kosciusko County Sheriff tonight at a caucus of Republican Precinct Committeemen. There were 65 of the 69 county precinct committeemen, five of whom were proxies, casting their votes.
Goshert will now fill out the remaining term of former sheriff C. Aaron Roventstine, who stepped down from his position after being sentenced on a felony charge of intimidation on May 23.
Voting began at 7:55 p.m. and after two votes, none of the six candidates: Jordan Foreman, Josh Spangle, Kelly Prater, Lou Brown, Kyle Dukes and Goshert, had received the majority of the votes. Procedures and rules of the caucus call the the candidate or candidates receiving the lowest votes after the second round to be dropped from the ballot. Brown and Prater were removed from the ballot following the second round. Throughout the two remaining rounds of votes, it was evident the race was between Goshert and Dukes. Less than 7 votes separated the two going into the final vote.
Foreman was removed from the ballot after the third round and Spangle was removed after the fourth round, leaving the final, and fifth round between Goshert and Dukes.
More on the election and comments from Goshert will be posted tomorrow morning.