Accused GJ officer no longer employed

A Grand Junction Police Department officer accused in a domestic violence arrest earlier this month is no longer employed, while city officials on Friday refused to say if he was fired or resigned.

Courtney Crooks, 24, who had been on unpaid leave from the police department, was out of a job as of Thursday, Grand Junction City Attorney John Shaver confirmed.

Shaver claimed to have no knowledge or involvement on the question of whether Crooks was fired or resigned, referring comment to the Police Department.

Police spokeswoman Kate Porras said only that Crooks’ employment “ended this week.”

As a result, she said the department has closed two separate internal investigations focused on Crooks.

Shaver said Crooks will get no post-employment compensation, or severance pay. Per city policy, Crooks could be paid for unused leave, Shaver said.

It wasn’t immediately clear if Crooks was owed such monies.

When reached Friday at his home by The Daily Sentinel and asked about his departure, Crooks hung up the phone.

Crooks was arrested Aug. 28 by Mesa County Sheriff’s Department deputies on a misdemeanor warrant for physical harassment.

Crooks’ wife allegedly told deputies that her husband grabbed her by the back of the neck on Aug. 18 during an incident at the family’s home, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

In a letter recently sent to the District Attorney’s Office, Crooks’ wife asked prosecutors to drop the case and expressed fears her husband would lose his job.

“It has gotten blown way out of proportion,” she wrote in the letter.  “I never wanted this to happen and my husband does not deserve this.”

Crooks is free on bond and scheduled to return to court next month.


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