Today at 9am, the trial will continue in the case of a deputy David Johnston vs the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office. Back in the summer of 2014 Johnston was on and off dating another sheriff's deputy, Kelly Munter.
On July 9th, 2014, both the deputies were on duty when Johnston called in Munter for backup. When she arrived, he reportedly called her over to go behind the building, and allegedly repeatedly apologized for "screwing up." Munter reportedly left in a fury and reported it to human resources. In the following days, Johnston was then put on administrative leave with pay.
Lieutenant Wagner would then contact Johnston about getting the recording from the date of the incident. After several days of not returning in the recorder, he was sent a letter of discipline and was then relieved of his duties. So now Johnston is appealing his termination. According to the negotiated agreement between the sheriff's office and the deputy sheriff's association, it states that "disciplinary termination shall be considered only as a last resort."
According to court documents, "given the circumstances, Johnston was not insubordinate and feels the termination should have not been imposed." Johnston also says he has never been contacted by human resources about the complaint filed. So a lot of questions going into this court session today, and hopefully all of them will be answered.