Iosco County Commissioner arrested for impersonating an officer | Crime
IOSCO COUNTY, Mich. (WJRT) – For the second time in less than a week, an elected official in Iosco County has been arrested.
In the latter case, an Iosco County commissioner is accused of impersonating a police officer.
This follows news last week that an East Tawas councilor is accused of trying to hire a hitman to kill two people in return for inheritance money. The commissioner’s arrest involves an incident with a Hale school bus.
“It surprises me,” said David Symons, owner of the South Branch General Store.
Iosco County Commissioner Charles Finley is accused of impersonating a police officer in an incident outside the South Branch Fire Department, where Finley is also an assistant fire chief .
The East Tawas website says Finley is a reserve police officer in that community.
Michigan State Police say a bus from Hale-area schools dropped off students at the fire station bus stop on September 28 and one of the students had a bloody nose .
The bus driver pulled into the parking lot to see if the student needed medical attention and to see if an assault had occurred.
Police say a man approached the bus driver, informed him he was the Iosco County Sheriff’s Deputy, and held the bus with all occupants on board for approximately 20 minutes until when state troopers arrive.
Although police won’t confirm the identity of the man, we have learned that he is Finley, who was arrested on Friday and released on bail. He was not indicted.
News of Finley’s arrest shocked Symons.
“Absolutely, it just doesn’t look like him,” Symons said.
Hale Area Schools Superintendent Jeffrey Yorke released a statement about the incident.
“Around September 28, there was a misunderstanding at a bus stop where law enforcement was called. After investigating the incident, it was confirmed that there was no fault on the part of anyone involving Hale area schools. do not directly involve students or staff from Hale area schools,” Yorke wrote.
Finley is up for re-election and the Republican takes on Democrat Rebecca Mason and Peggy Lewis, who is unaffiliated with either party.
“He did a great job for the fire station there, him and Steve and his wife Barb, they put in a lot of time there,” Symons said.
Police have determined that there was no assault on the bus.
Finley could not reach him for comment. Iosco County Comptroller Jamie Carruthers Soboleski said the county administration had no comment because it was an ongoing investigation.