Sheriff Recommends Placing W. Yellowstone Police Chief On Admini - ABC FOX Montana Local News, Weather, Sports KTMF | KWYB

Sheriff Recommends Placing W. Yellowstone Police Chief On Administrative Leave

Posted: Updated:
The Gallatin County Sheriff recommends placing the West Yellowstone Police Chief, Gordon Berger on paid administrative leave while possible criminal charges could be pressed against him.

"Anyone of us that are on law enforcement were ever being investigated, we automatically have that person placed on administrative leave," said Brian Gootkin, Gallatin County Sheriff.

Last fall, Berger was investigated by the Montana Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation for how the police department handled cases and investigations.

Since then the investigation has been turned over to the county attorney's office.

"We can't risk the public's safety and the public's trust," said Gootkin. "It's also not fair for the employees to who the allegations are against so that is something that has to happen."

Gootkin's recommendation was based around a report done by the sheriff's department. In that report, deputies interviewed every West Yellowstone police officer including the Chief of Police. They concluded that training and investigations done in West Yellowstone both need to be addressed.

"Basic core training for new officers is pretty nonexistent and there is no training in investigations," said Gootkin.

Gootkin said the police department has sent some of their officers to training, but that training is not for new officers.

"I think they are concerned about the current situation with the police department and then there are other people like the town manager and the police chief that obviously disagree with my report," said Gootkin.

Gootkin said if the town council does decide to put the police chief on administrative leave then either one of their officers would be an acting chief or he would take over until the investigation is complete.

Gallatin County Attorney, Marty Lambert said he has not filed any charges against Chief Berger yet.
  • NationalMore>>

  • Mourners seek justice in teen's fatal shooting by police

    Mourners seek justice in teen's fatal shooting by police

    Monday, June 25 2018 7:44 AM EDT2018-06-25 11:44:18 GMT
    Monday, June 25 2018 1:55 PM EDT2018-06-25 17:55:26 GMT
    Funeral services are being held for a teenager shot and killed by police when he fled a traffic stop in Pennsylvania last week.
    Funeral services are being held for a teenager shot and killed by police when he fled a traffic stop in Pennsylvania last week.
  • Demonstrators block Reno road to protest immigration policy

    Demonstrators block Reno road to protest immigration policy

    Monday, June 25 2018 12:14 AM EDT2018-06-25 04:14:09 GMT
    Monday, June 25 2018 1:55 PM EDT2018-06-25 17:55:24 GMT
    (Miguel Roberts/The Brownsville Herald via AP). CORRECTS DATE TO JUNE 21, NOT 23 - In this Thursday, June 21, 2018 photo, migrant families rest from their travels to Matamoros, Mexico, along Gateway International Bridge which connects to Brownsville, T...(Miguel Roberts/The Brownsville Herald via AP). CORRECTS DATE TO JUNE 21, NOT 23 - In this Thursday, June 21, 2018 photo, migrant families rest from their travels to Matamoros, Mexico, along Gateway International Bridge which connects to Brownsville, T...
    A Texas charitable organization says about 30 immigrant parents separated from their children after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border have been freed into its care, but they don't know where their kids are.
    A Texas charitable organization says about 30 immigrant parents separated from their children after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border have been freed into its care, but they don't know where their kids are.
  • Donations, volunteering surge at border asylum-seeker center

    Donations, volunteering surge at border asylum-seeker center

    Monday, June 25 2018 12:25 AM EDT2018-06-25 04:25:30 GMT
    Monday, June 25 2018 1:55 PM EDT2018-06-25 17:55:17 GMT
    (AP Photo/Manuel Valdes). In this photograph taken June 24, 2018, Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley staffer Eli Fernandez and volunteer Natalie Montelongo pose for a photo as they stand by a pile of unsorted Amazon boxes packed with donations...(AP Photo/Manuel Valdes). In this photograph taken June 24, 2018, Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley staffer Eli Fernandez and volunteer Natalie Montelongo pose for a photo as they stand by a pile of unsorted Amazon boxes packed with donations...
    A rest center for asylum-seekers in the Texas border town of McAllen has seen such a big surge of donations that they've had to rent additional storage space, and caravans of volunteers from across the U.S. have...
    A rest center for asylum-seekers in the Texas border town of McAllen has seen such a big surge of donations that they've had to rent additional storage space, and caravans of volunteers from across the U.S. have also showed up at their doors.
  • Most Popular

Powered by Frankly

Features

  • More Features
  • Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 Cowles Montana Media. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.