Greensburg fire chief resigns days after wife charged

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GREENSBURG, Ind. (AP - Feb. 23, 2015) — Greensburg officials have announced the resignation and retirement of their longtime fire chief days after criminal charges were filed against his wife, the former police chief.

The Greensburg Daily News reports 24-year fire department veteran Scott Chasteen notified Mayor Gary Herbert Friday that he was resigning immediately the position he held for more than a decade.

Herbert said he accepted the resignation "with a heavy heart."

On Monday, he issued a statement to FOX59, saying, "This is a very sad day and time for all involved, especially for the great city of Greensburg and the Greensburg Fire Dept.  Former Fire Chief Scott Chasteen put his heart into his job and overseeing, with the support of his fellow firefighters, the growth and performance of the department. We are all disappointed that the situation had to come to his resignation and his retirement as a great firefighter and to the end of his career at the Greensburg Fire Dept."

Court documents say former Greensburg Police Chief Stacey Chasteen has admitted stealing nearly $73,000 from her department's evidence room. She allegedly lost the money gambling. She surrendered Tuesday to face theft and official misconduct charges. She resigned late last year after three years as chief.

Stacey Chasteen allegedly told her husband about taking the money in June 2013. Scott Chasteen told investigators he believed his wife had returned the money using the couple's own cash as well as money given to them by friends. He has not been charged in the case.