Sheriff’s Department: 26 misconduct cases; eight firings or resignations

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Eight employees resigned or were fired over a 17-month period after misconduct allegations were confirmed during internal investigations, according to documents from the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department.DOWNLOAD A LIST OF MCSO INTERNAL INVESTIGATIONS.

The employees left or were fired for reasons including: misuse of sick time; improper off-duty association with a former jail inmate; lying during an internal investigation of harassment that was alleged by another employee; and after a deputy’s driver license was suspended or revoked, according to Sheriff’s Department records.

The records include a one-sentence summary of 26 instances of confirmed misconduct by sheriff’s personnel from Jan. 1, 2008, to Aug. 31, 2009.

During this same period, the sheriff’s department handled just more than 57,000 calls for service.

The information was provided to The Daily Sentinel last week in response to a request from the newspaper under the Colorado Open Records Act.

other misconduct findings:

A jail deputy received unspecified discipline after a juvenile was kept in a holding cell at the jail “for an excessive period of time.”

Three jail deputies were disciplined for failing to report an “on-going policy violation.” The violation is not specified.

A deputy was disciplined for “improper use of tactics.” The deputy was cleared on allegations of falsifying a report.

9 employees were honored with commendations from citizens, including:

An investigator for “perseverance” during a child abuse investigation. The case “established new case law in Colorado” by identifying post-traumatic stress disorder as serious bodily injury.

A deputy for performing CPR on a cardiac arrest victim, who survived and lives with a pacemaker.

In another case, a deputy was honored for drawing up a department weight-loss program, “resulting in 96 employees losing a combined 1,012 pounds.”


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