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Former Rowan County sheriff candidate charged with impersonating a law enforcement officer

By Shavonne Walker

shavonne.walker@salisburypost.com

SALISBURY — A Granite Quarry man who ran unsuccessfully for Rowan County sheriff in 2014 has been charged via private warrant with impersonating a law enforcement officer.

Brian Douglas Kiever, 54, of the 1300 block of Stonewyck Drive, faces the misdemeanor offense and is expected to have a first court appearance Tuesday.

The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office served the criminal summons June 15. It was sworn out by Jeremy Nesbitt of Kannapolis.

The incident occurred June 8, the warrant shows.

Kiever told Nesbitt he is a police officer and would have Nesbitt charged with a felony, the warrant said. Kiever flipped open an ID to show Nesbitt he is an officer, but he didn’t keep it open long enough for Nesbitt to confirm his identity, according to the warrant. Kiever was not arrested since the criminal summons was a request to appear in court.

In 2014, Kiever ran against Sheriff Kevin Auten amid allegations that his son, Peter Kiever, then 18, had posted nude pictures of young girls on social media sites.

Kiever has listed federal air marshal among his law enforcement experience and has worked as an officer with the China Grove Police Department. Kiever has also been a Rowan County sheriff’s deputy, working at the detention center.

Kiever is listed as a retired law enforcement officer on the summons.

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