Sheriff upholds deputy’s dismissal

The dismissal of a Mesa County Sheriff’s Department deputy, who had been under investigation for code-enforcement violations at his home, has been upheld by Sheriff Stan Hilkey.

Hilkey denied an appeal for reinstatement by former deputy Mark Lasley, which was made in writing, Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Heather Benjamin said Friday.

The agency declined to say why Lasley was let go, citing personnel laws. Lasley claimed he was fired on April 8.

Hilkey previously said the department initiated an investigation of Lasley when Mesa County Commissioners on March 1 threatened to pursue legal action for repeated code violations over junk at the Lasley family’s Orchard Mesa property.

Among internal policies at issue was a mandate that employees behave in a manner that does not discredit the agency, Hilkey said.

County land-use code prohibits property owners from keeping junkyards or junk in residential areas.

A code-enforcement officer testified during the County Commission’s March 1 hearing that six complaints had been lodged by neighbors about the Lasley property during a two-year period. The commission gave Lasley until April 1 to clean it or face a misdemeanor charge.

Attempts to reach Lasley for comment Friday were unsuccessful.


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