FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Allen County Sheriff David Gladieux said he will reimburse the money paid to settle a lawsuit against him.
"I haven't spoken to the Sheriff in some time, so I didn't know what position he was going to take. I'm glad he did it. I think it's the right thing to do and I think we shouldn't burden our taxpayers with it and I'm glad to see he stepped up to take care of it," Allen County Councilman At-Large Ken Fries said.
The Allen County Council issued a letter to Gladieux last week requesting he pay the county back.
Sheriff Gladieux released his own letter, saying he will repay the $55,000.
The lawsuit stems from an incident at the Three Rivers Festival last year in which a teen volunteer said Gladieux shoved him after he was told he was in a restricted area.
Fort Wayne resident Kalie Alberson said while it's good he's willing to pay the money back, she's more concerned about the teen.
"It happened to him and he did the right thing. He gets looked down upon. The Sheriff pretty much just gets a slap on the wrist and it's ok for him to do what he does, but not anybody else. I'm happy that he pays back the money but I don't think that should be it. I think there needs to be a little more to it," Alberson said.
In the letter, Sheriff Gladiuex apologized to the teen and his family says he's taking full responsibility for taking responsibility for what happened.
"I feel like since he was at fault, he should have paid the fee, but since he's willing to pay it back. I think it's ok now, but I think he should have paid it and not us," Allen County resident Michaela Wade said.