Grills will serve his last day as Ripley County Sheriff on April 1.Sheriff Tom Grills has submitted his resignation from the Ripley County Sheriff’s Office effective April 1.Grills, 38, was first elected sheriff in 2006 and has led the law enforcement agency for nearly eight years. Due to state statute, a sheriff in Indiana can serve just two consecutive 4-year terms before reaching the end of term limit. Prior to the announcement, he would have officially been relieved of sheriff duties on December 31.Before beginning a law enforcement career, Grills graduated from East Central High School and received degrees from Vincennes and Ball State University. Those college diplomas are proudly displayed in his office, flanked by law enforcement achievements, John Deere memorabilia, a deer mount and photographs of family.He reflected on his tenure as sheriff from his desk Tuesday.In nearly eight years, he substantially increased the amount of deputy training, along with the implementation of advanced technology including in-car cameras, Nixle and a redeveloped agency website.The sheriff explained the early departure from office is due to a job opportunity.“I have enjoyed being Sheriff of Ripley County for the last seven years and three months, but have been offered a great opportunity in the private sector with this being my last year of my second term as Ripley County Sheriff,” Grills said.Grills would be eligible to run for sheriff again in 2018. He did not rule out a return to law enforcement in the future.“I have always known there would be a time I would seriously have to consider transitioning from public safety,” said Grills.“Being elected the Ripley County Sheriff has been the highest goal of my professional law enforcement career. I have been honored to serve and protect citizens of Ripley County and the State of Indiana.”The office has dealt with its fair share of difficulties during his tenure. Grills noted,“I just wish there was more teamwork and more professional interaction between elected officials over serious matters.”Ripley County Council member Mark Horstman commented Tuesday on the sheriff’s departure.“It’s a shame Sheriff Grills had to leave this early with just six months or so on his term,” Horstman said. “Ripley County appreciates all of his years of service and wish him the best of luck.”The resignation comes just a month before the May Primary as three republicans and two democrats are vying for the sheriff’s seat. County officials indicated that a caucus may be held within the next 30 days for a replacement.Grills is retiring from the position, but due to state statute for constitutionally elected officials, he was required to send a resignation letter.
DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake volleyball team cruised to a three set victory over visiting Chicago State Monday, Oct. 29. The game ended a three-match homestand where the Bulldogs were able to end with a non-conference victory after a tough stretch of Missouri Valley Conference competition.Drake (17-10) prevailed by set scores of 25-9, 25-7, 25-21 in the quick three-set victory. The Bulldogs were led by Cathryn Cheek (Coppell, Texas) who had 15 kills on 36 attempts for her ninth-straight match with double-figure kills. Emily Plock (Altoona, Iowa) registered nine kills on just 17 attempts giving her a .471 hitting percentage on the night.Drake jumped out to an early 10-5 lead to open the match forcing a Chicago State (8-20) timeout. The Bulldogs came out swinging and went on a 15-4 scoring run to end the set, 25-9. The Bulldogs did not make an attacking error and hit a blistering .579 to make for a hot start that would carry them through the remainder of the match.Kylee Macke had six digs in the first set which moved her into 10th all-time in digs in Drake volleyball history. She lead the Bulldog defense by picking up 19 digs in the match and now has 916 for her career, the ninth-most in program history. The Bulldogs cruised to a second set victory, 25-7. They registered 12 kills as a team provided by three kills each for Cheek, Plock and Callan Holmes (Lorena, Texas). Chicago State found some rhythm in the third set and by the media timeout, Drake held on to a three point lead. However, Chicago State scored three-straight points to event the score at 15, and from there it was a back-and-forth fight down the stretch. A kill from Gillian Gergen Janesville, Iowa) and a handful of Chicago State miscues shifted the momentum back to the Bulldogs as they were able to close out the final set, 25-21.The Bulldogs return to MVC play at week’s end when they head to Normal, Ill., to take on Illinois State (20-5, 12-1 MVC) Friday, Nov. 2. Drake will look to avenge its 3-1 loss to the Redbirds earlier in conference play. The match begins at 7 p.m. and will be broadcasted on ESPN3. Print Friendly Version The Valley on ESPN Box Score (PDF) Next Game: at Illinois State 11/2/2018 – 7 p.m. Live Stats Watch Live Preview Box Score (HTML) Story Links Full Schedule Roster