Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Seven Lake County cops could lose their badges

Posted By on Wed, Apr 18, 2012 at 11:42 AM

We reported last week on five more Lake County law enforcement officers being served with certification revocation notices. Myers Reece of the Flathead Beacon has unpacked the story some more.


He reports that Wade Nash, the Polson chief of police, who was among the officers served, is accused of failing to speak with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks during an investigation and tampering with a witness. The nature of the allegations against the other four officers is still unknown (though we have an idea).

Meanwhile, the legislative Law and Justice Interim Committee is holding a hearing in Helena on Friday to look into the Lake County investigations, though the committee’s chairman, Sen. Jim Shockley, said two of the investigating state agencies invited to attend the hearing – Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and the Department of Justice – have indicated they won’t participate, a decision he believes is improper and makes him “suspicious that we stumbled on something big.”

The Montana Public Safety Officer and Standards Training Council served law certification revocation notices to Polson Police Chief Wade Nash and Officer Cory Anderson; Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Officer Jason Nash; former Lake County Undersheriff Karey Reynolds and Sheriff’s Lieutenant Mike Sargeant. They join Lake County Sergeant Dan Duryee and Ronan Police Chief Dan Wadsworth, who were previously served. They all face revocation hearings.

More background here, here, here and here.

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