Chief Deputy Retires Amid RX Pill Accusations
By Mike Perleberg
(Ripley County, Ind.) – The former chief deputy of the Ripley County Sheriff’s Office has retired as he faces criminal charges.
Ripley County Chief Deputy David Pippin was charged with six felony counts of Acquiring a Controlled Substance by Deceit (Class D felony) on December 18. Indiana State Police investigators allege he obtained more than2,800 hydrocodone pills through a method called “doctor shopping” between 2011 and 2013.
A merit board hearing to determine Pippin’s status with the sheriff’s office was to be held Thursday, however, it wasn’t necessary. Ripley County Sheriff Tom Grills tells Eagle 99.3 that Pippin retired on January 3. Pippin had been placed on administrative leave by Grills following his arrest.
Pippin’s criminal case in Ripley County Superior Court is still pending. A pretrial hearing is scheduled for April 15.