Deputy fired

Becky Vargo • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:33 AM

missed from his job last week and officials are not saying why.

The employee also was not identified.

Undersheriff Greg Steigenga confirmed the deputy had been fired, but said “it’s an internal matter that doesn’t involve any criminal activity on the part of the employee.”

He emphasized that the deputy’s dismissal was not a safety issue for the public.

This dismissal comes just months after a sergeant was fired from his job.

At that time, officials said there were complaints against the sergeant “for inappropriate comments and related behavior during the supervisor’s interaction with subordinates.”

Steigenga would not say whether or not the two situations are related.

“I’m not going to equate it to any other situation,” he said.

Steigenga said non-criminal reasons for dismissing any employee are wide-ranging.

“It depends on a lot of things,” he said. “Obviously we have policies and procedures. We have an internal discipline process we engage in routinely.”

The Sheriff’s Department consists of about 230 employees, with about 100 of them being uniformed officers.

The undersheriff said officials would look at the county’s staffing needs before determining whether or not the deputy will be replaced.

The Grand Haven Tribune has filed a Freedom of Information Act request asking to see any records related to release from employment of an Ottawa County Sheriff’s deputy in May.

To read more of this story, see Saturday’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.

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