Sheriff denies inciting Eagle cop inquiry
EAGLE – Eagle County Sheriff Joe Hoy denies that the communique that prompted an investigation of two Eagle cops came from his office, but rather was made by an off-duty deputy.”An employee of the Sheriff’s Office on his own time as a citizen of Eagle contacted the District Attorney’s Office and went in and talked to them,” Hoy said.The Eagle County District Attorney’s Office received a complaint from Deputy Dave Proctor that Eagle officers Steve Delaney, 54, and Bob Regan, 55, were working as uncertified officers. There was a brief investigation, but no charges were filed. The complaint – originally reported to have been made by letter – actually occurred in a meeting with District Attorney investigators.”That was my mistake,” District Attorney Mark Hurlbert said about the false report. “We had told the person to write a letter, and I thought he had done that.”Delaney resigned during the investigation, and Regan was put on desk duty. Hurlbert has faced scrutiny from the Eagle Police Department and media for the investigation.”I was just doing my job,” Hurlbert said. “Part of my job is to investigate crimes. When a citizen comes to me I have to investigate. I would think a citizen would be mad if I didn’t do anything and just swept this under the rug.”Hoy is concerned reports the complaint was made on behalf of the Sheriff’s Office might have damaged the relationship with the Eagle Police Department.”I think we’re going to have to sit down and talk because it puts us in a bad light as an office,” Hoy said.Staff Writer J.K. Perry can be reached at 748-2928 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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