Attorneys for fired deputies granted delay of grievance hearing
SIREN - The attorneys representing two former Burnett County Sheriff’s deputies were granted a request to delay a grievance hearing which began Monday, June 10 at the Burnett County Government Center.
According to Burnett County Administrator Candace Fitzgerald, the hearing has been postponed until the end of July.
The county argued its case to support the termination of the officers over the three scheduled days of the hearing, June 10-13, and when it was the officers’ turn, their attorneys asked for a delay in the proceedings, claiming they had not received all the documents they had requested.
Travis Thiex and Thad Osborne both filed grievances with the county in the wake of their termination in August of 2012 for their roles in an alleged coverup in the handling of alleged domestic abuse incidents by a fellow officer, Chris Culvey. An investigation focused on two alleged incidents which occurred in early 2011 at Culvey’s home in the village of Webster.
The county has claimed standard protocol was not followed in reporting the incidents. Some officers who responded to the incidents stated during an investigation that the incidents did not rise to the level of domestic abuse.
The case involved the disciplining or firing of at least 8 sheriff’s department staff members, including two dispatchers, one of which was offered reinstatement but declined. - Gary King