Delaware County Acting Sheriff Scott Vance said last week his main objectives in the wake of former sheriff Walter Davis' resignation will be to keep employees focused and deal with personnel issues.

Delaware County Acting Sheriff Scott Vance said last week his main objectives in the wake of former sheriff Walter Davis' resignation will be to keep employees focused and deal with personnel issues.

"All of us have been impacted by the recent resignation and transition, but it's important for us all to remember that we are here to serve the citizens of the county," Vance said. " several personnel issues have recently come to light and I plan to work in cooperation with the office administration to resolve as many of those issues as possible to allow for an easier transition for the next sheriff."

The Delaware County commissioners appointed Vance to the interim post on Monday, April 9, after accepting Davis' resignation.

Davis, who was running unopposed for re-election in November, resigned in a deal that ended his career in elective office and stopped an investigation by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation into how he spent money during the 10 weeks last summer when he was at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va., and whom he spent it on.

He was reimbursed for money spent renting a car, parking at an Arlington, Va., hotel and dining out with others, according to receipts he filed with his office. He has refused to answer questions about who he was with on those outings.

"He will also repay to the county the money at issue and pay for any audit which may be required," Union County Prosecutor David Phillips said.

Vance has been in law enforcement since 1988.

"Growing up with a father who worked as a police officer, I felt as if law enforcement was my calling," Vance said. "I've been a full-time law enforcement officer for 24 years and I continue to find satisfaction in my career choice. I enjoy providing a service to the community."

Vance joined the sheriff's office in 1995 and was promoted to captain in 2003.

"We are pleased to have acting Sheriff Vance in charge," commissioner Dennis Stapleton said. "We have worked closely with him over the years on several initiatives and have built a relationship of trust.

"It is important to the Delaware County Board of Commissioners that the acting appointee have a full understanding of the workings of the sheriff's office and the ability to offer the office a smooth transition until a permanent replacement is named by the Republican Party Central Committee," Stapleton said.

By state law, the GOP Central Committee must appoint a new sheriff within 45 days of the office being vacated.

"Capt. Vance will give the office continuity during this changeover, and since he is not eligible to be named the permanent sheriff due to his residency in Union County, he will not have an internal conflict of interest," Stapleton said.

"Acting Sheriff Vance, along with Captain Kevin Savage, will offer the appropriate level of leadership to assure public safety first in Delaware County."

Those interested in being appointed to the post should submit a letter of interest and resume by 5 p.m. Friday, April 20, by email to Robert J. Mann, Chairman, Delaware County Republican Central Committee, at DelawareGOPChair@ gmail.com.

While not required by April 20, applicants will also have to sign a waiver for a background check, and will be responsible for paying up to $150 for the background check.

Applicants will also be required to complete a questionnaire by an as-yet-undecided date, and will be interviewed by the Delaware County Republican Party's screening committee. Interested applicants are also directed to Ohio Revised Code Section 311.01 to ensure they meet the required statutory qualifications.