Van Buren Co. Board of Commissioners votes to strip sheriff of vehicle privilege

PAW PAW, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The Van Buren County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday night to strip Sheriff Dale Gribler of one of his privileges as Sheriff.

This comes just months after the Newschannel 3 I-Team learned the Sheriff spent $1,100 on suits using a county credit card when his clothing budget was only $500.

He was accused of misusing funds, but a special prosecutor assigned to the case declined to issue charges.

The I-Team is now looking into these latest allegations, which involve a county vehicle.

Commissioner Mike Toth says about three weeks ago, someone came forward saying Sheriff Gribler used a county-issued vehicle to take members of a youth baseball team on an annual out-of-state trip.

After looking into the allegations, the VBC board voted Tuesday on whether or not to sanction Gribler.

In a unanimous 5-0 vote, the board voted to strip him of the right to use of a county vehicle.

"The trip in question was not county business," Toth said.

The board says that from now on, the Sheriff must leave the vehicle at the Sheriff's Department, and drive his own vehicle to and from work.

Sheriff Gribler said he wasn't even aware of Tuesday night's vote, but says a vehicle has been part of his compensation package for more than 30 years.

He says no one has ever told him he can't use it for personal reasons.

He also says he's reached out to several members of the county board to discuss their relationship.