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  • Writer's pictureBill Raines

Audit Finds Former Lawrence County Sheriff's Department Grant Administrator was Overpaid

LAWRENCE COUNTY - MAY 22, 2023 - A special investigation of the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department was conducted for January 1, 2017, to July 31, 2021, by the Indiana State Board of Accounts.



The audit findings were released on April 25, 2023, reports that retired Lawrence County Deputy Tim Butcher was a grant administrator was over the grants received by the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department for years 2017, 2018, 2020, and 2021.


As grant administrator, officer Butcher was responsible for compliance for all state and federal regulations regarding the federal grants. Butcher retired on July 23, 2021, and a new grant administrator examined the grant activity under Butcher at the request of the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute.


Retired Lawrence County Sheriff Department Officer Tim Butcher


The examination revealed discrepancies in grant administration on the part of Butcher.


The Indiana State Board of Accounts was notified by the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department of the discrepancies in accordance with Indiana Code 5-11-1-27.


The Indiana State Board of Accounts examined the records and reviewed the accounting of the federal grants and determined the compensation paid to Butcher not properly supported and was not intended purposes of the grant.




Here is a link to the full audit by Indiana State Board of Accounts:


The Lawrence County Sheriff's Department received pass through grants from the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute. The purpose of the 2017 and 2018 grants was to reimburse the department for overtime salary of traffic enforcement officers and minimal administration pay. Regular duty hours were not to reimbursed by the federal grant.


The primary purpose of the 2020 and 2021 federal grants was to perform saturation patrols will include Monday - Sunday from the hours where it was known to have alcohol related crashes.


These patrol times will include Monday - Sunday from the hours of 10:00 pm to 4:00 am. The grant agreements required the hours worked and activity as a result of those hours, to be documented on Officer Activity Sheets. The OAS and copies of tickets written, were required to be retained by the grant administrator.


During the four years Butcher was grant administrator, he received $42,210.94 in gross compensation from the federal grants through the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department. Butcher was not the grant administrator in 2019 and did not receive any compensation from the federal grants in 2019.


In addition to the gross compensation paid to Butcher, Lawrence County paid $2,617.06 in Social Security taxes, $612.08 in Medicare taxes and $1,266.30 to police retirement on Butcher's behalf in relation to the gross compensation.


The compensation from the federal grants was in addition to Butcher's normal compensation as an Lawrence County Sheriff's Department police officer.


The results of the investigation determined the compensation paid to Butcher was not properly supported and was not for the intended purposes of the federal grants.



The Indiana State Board of Accounts requested Butcher reimburse Lawrence County for the unsupported compensation of the federal grants in the amount of $46,110.11 and for the costs of the special investigation of the federal grants of the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department.


The Indiana State Board of Accounts have requested Butcher to reimburse the State of Indiana $40,257 for the special investigation.


An investigation by the Indiana State Police is currently underway.


Below is Lawrence County Sheriff Greg Day response to the audit findings:




Lawrence County Zephyr will continue to monitor developments of this story.


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