Franklin councilman & reserve sheriff's deputy under fire for social media post

Posted at 10:10 PM, Jan 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-16 12:33:48-05

FRANKLIN, Ind. -- A Franklin County Councilman and reserve Johnson County Sheriff's deputy is under investigation over a post he shared on Facebook. 

The post shared by Franklin Councilman Joseph Ault in question made reference to the offensive comment reportedly made by President Trump in a meeting about immigration. 

Franklin Mayor Steve Barnett says he was surprised and disappointed when he saw the post on Ault's Facebook page. 

"I think at first I was just like I am now - disappointed in the comments and the thoughts," said Mayor Barnett. 

The Facebook post says "We bring s***hole people from s***hole countries because Democrats need s***hole voters so they can turn America into a s***hole" and then asked - Do you agree?

"I talked with councilman Ault," said Mayor Barnett. "I told him I didn't agree with it and hoped that he would take it down."

Mayor Barnett said Ault seemed remorseful about the post and eventually took it down, but he has a clear stance on what it said.

"You shouldn't be an elected official if you really believe those thoughts," said Mayor Barnett. "Either side."

Ault has also served as a reserve deputy with the Johnson County Sheriff's Office for more than 20 years. 

In a statement to RTV6, Johnson County Sheriff Doug Cox says his agency will conduct an investigation into the posting. Sheriff Cox said he will make the final determination about Ault's status as a reserve deputy. 

RTV6 has made several attempts to reach Ault for a statement but he has not returned our calls. 

The next Franklin City Council meeting is Monday, January 22. 

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