The investigation into unknown criminal allegations against Lyons Town Marshal Ron Sparks continues, according to special prosecutor Barry Brown.
Brown, who had hoped to have the investigation wrapped up before the end of December, announced Wednesday morning he will have a decision by mid-January of whether to file charges against Sparks.
The delay in the investigation, according to Brown, has been in part because he has had to deal with what he called a "family health issue out of state" that has consumed time around the holidays.
"I plan to be in Bloomfield on the (Jan.) 14th with a decision," Brown told the Greene County Daily World.
The former Monroe County Prosecutor says he's been very busy with more than 35 pending special prosecutor matters, some as investigations and others as pending cases, and travels across much of southeastern, central and southern Indiana in 12 or more jurisdictions.
"I work as steadfastly as possible, but I never want to rush into a decision without a thorough inquiry," Brown added.
Brown was named special prosecutor by Greene Circuit Court Judge Erik Allen in mid-November after Greene County Prosecutor Jarrod Holtsclaw made the request.
The nature of the investigation remains a mystery with no specific details of the nature of the allegations in the court document or discussed by the special prosecutor.
Brown said Indiana State Police Det. Brian Smith, assigned to the Bloomington Post, is the lead investigator in the case.
In his order on Nov. 15 appointing Brown to the case, Judge Allen noted that the length of the appointment will be "sufficient to fully investigate the matter and prosecute the case, if offenses are charged."
The Lyons Town Council meet in an executive session Nov. 27 to discuss the alleged "misconduct" against the town marshal, but no public action has been taken in a public meeting.
Sparks, whom the town has employed since Oct. 14, 2004, remains on duty.