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Newspaper reports Thomas offered bell job, in exchange for Bell not running for sheriff

Wednesday, March 8, 2006

Indiana Inspector General David Thomas offered former Clay County corrections officer Steve Bell an appointment to the Indiana Parole Board last year, according to a report published today in the Indianapolis Star.

But Thomas' offer hinged on one condition -- that Bell, a Democrat who has announced his candidacy for Clay County Sheriff, abandon his bid for county office.

According to the Star's report, Thomas, a long-time friend of Bell, has denied offering the job or suggesting Bell's withdrawal from the election would better his chances for appointment.

Bell, on the other hand, remembers a clear implication that the position would not be offered if he followed through with his intention to run for sheriff, the Star reported.

Read tomorrow's edition of The Times for a full treatment of the story.

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