TRUSTEE KING TO PLEAD GUILTY: Caucus scheduled to replace Cleveland Twp. office

SOUTH WHITLEY — Cleveland Township’s Trustee has submitted his resignation, effective March 25 — the same day he is expected to plead guilty to multiple charges related to his position.Roland (Ron) King, who originally pleaded not guilty to six criminal charges, is slated for a change of plea hearing at 11 a.m. March 25.Whitley County’s Republican Party is holding a caucus to fill the vacant trustee position for the remainder of the term — through Dec. 31, 2014.The caucus is scheduled for March 26 at 7 p.m. and will be held in the Town Hall, 118 E. Front St., South Whitley. King allegedly had inappropriate contact with three Cleveland Township women when they came to him seeking financial assistance from the poor relief system. In August of 2012, King was charged with three counts of official misconduct, a Class D felony, and three counts of battery, a Class B misdemeanor, after an investigation by the Indiana State Police.For those interested in filling the trustee position, a specific protocol must be followed.To be eligible to run in the caucus, a person must be a registered voter from Cleveland Township, a Republican and file form CEB-5 with the Whitley County Clerk’s office by March 22. Candidates must deliver a copy of that form to Whitley County Republican Party Chairman Matt Boyd by March 23 at 7 p.m.The caucus is open to the public to attend, though the only people allowed to vote are the Republican precinct committeemen from Cleveland Township. Voting will be by secret ballot.For more information on the caucus or filing for the office, contact Boyd at 244-3887 or