Maes says documents prove claim of police work
The Republican running for governor said personnel documents he received Tuesday about why he was fired as a small-town police officer in Kansas in 1985 support what he’s been saying all along about his background.
Dan Maes came under fire earlier this month when members of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation told Colorado media that Maes never worked undercover for them as the GOP nominee had been claiming.
But while Maes has continued to maintain he was providing law enforcement with information about a gambling ring the family of his then-fiancee was suspected of being involved with, there is nothing in the documents he provided to the media that shows what, if any, investigating he actually did.
Instead, a dismissal letter from his former boss, Liberal Police Department Chief Richard Kistner, says Maes was told not to talk to anyone about an investigation into the gambling, and to keep the department informed about anything he might learn about it. That letter also says that when Maes first learned of the possible betting ring, he did nothing to advise the department about it.
“During an interview on July 8th with the KBI agent assigned to investigate the gambling operation, you reported to him that you advised the persons involved in the gambling operation of the existence and nature of their investigations, thus ruining any chance for the investigation to bear fruit,” Kistner wrote on July 10, 1985. “You have placed your loyalties to friends and associates involved in criminal activities ahead of your loyalty to your profession. You have violated the very basic canons of police ethics.”
In a letter five days later appealing his dismissal, Maes said he did try to inform the department about the suspected gambling ring, only to have his attempts “belittled and ignored.”
He admitted to telling his then-fiancee about the probe six months after it began “as a gesture of love in an attempt to clear my conscience of the lies I had told her.”
Maes eventually married that fiancee, Dee Andrade, but the two have since divorced.
Alan Morris, then city manager of Liberal, denied Maes’ request for an appeal, saying that telling his fiancee about the investigation was enough to justify his firing, according to Morris’ July 19, 1985, letter rejecting the appeal.