Candidate asks state for info on sheriff's office probe

The Democratic candidate for Bucks County Sheriff is asking the state to release information from an investigation into the office, which is led by the sheriff he wants to unseat.

In an email blast to the media on Friday, Dennis McCauley said he’s requested the findings of a state Attorney General probe that began in 2011. So far no official findings have been released.

"My request is for the results, whatever they are," McCauley told BucksInq in an email on Friday. "Maybe the results exonerate the department. Maybe they don't. Who knows? Nobody in Bucks County, that's for sure."

McCauley’s opponent in November is Edward “Duke” Donnelly, a Republican who’s been in office for 10 years. During that time a deputy sheriff has gone to jail for assaulting a handcuffed prisoner and then lying about it. The department has been under scrutiny for other alleged problems, such as lapsed firearms credentials and complaints of mismanagement.     

Donnelly did not respond to a request for comment on Friday afternoon.

The AG’s office has not returned an email asking for comment on McCauley’s letter. The office has been mum about its probe except to confirm it to the Inquirer in 2011.

The Bucks County District Attorney’s Office initially handled the investigation before DA David Heckler cited a potential conflict of interest. He also declined to talk about specifics of the probe in 2011.