Greensburg fire chief resigns after wife’s arrest

Scott Chasteen is pictured on the Greensburg Fire Department's website. He handed in his resignation. (WISH Photo)

GREENSBURG, Ind. (WISH) — Greensburg Fire Chief Scott Chasteen has resigned, days after his wife was criminally charged under accusations she stole tens of thousands of dollars.

Scott Chasteen’s resignation was effective Friday, according to information posted on WTRE Greensburg’s website. His resignation will be in the form of retirement after 24 years on the Greensburg Fire Department.

Police arrested former Greensburg police chief Stacey Chasteen Tuesday after she admitted to gambling away tens of thousands of dollars she stole from the department’s property room, according to court documents.

Stacey Chasteen was charged with one count of theft and one count of official misconduct.

Police interviewed Stacey Chasteen’s husband, Scott, who explained that his wife had a gambling problem and was borrowing money from family to pay back the money she took from the property room, according to court documents. Despite knowledge of the money taken from the police department, Scott Chasteen isn’t likely to be criminally charged. The Decatur County prosecutor indicated after Stacey Chasteen was charged that she would be the only one charged in the case.

“I regret that his resignation and retirement arise under the cloud that they do, but I believe that his decision is the correct one and with a heavy heart, I accept it,” Greensburg Mayor Gary Herbert said in a statement posted on WTRE’s website.

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