State Not Likely To Investigate Sheriff's Department, Officials Say

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Jefferson County officials aren't happy the state attorney general appears reluctant to investigate the way the sheriff's department handled the case of a deputy who was caught with an open bottle of alcohol in his patrol vehicle.

County officials say they received a letter from the attorney general's office last week saying a meeting is planned with Sheriff John Burns Wednesday, but that letter does not say there will be an investigation.

"We're the ones who asked for the help and guidance and yet we got nothing," she said.

"We were told to figure it out for ourselves, but they're going ahead and meeting with the sheriff."

Fitzpatrick said she plans to call the regional attorney general's office and ask that she and the county's attorney also attend the meeting.

The case involves Deputy Adam Hallett, pictured above, who was charged with having an open container of alcohol in his vehicle after he was found in December passed out behind the wheel.

County lawmakers asked the state to look into how the sheriff's department handled the incident.

If the attorney general refuses to investigate, she said, it's likely the county will ask the district attorney to appoint a special prosecutor.

"I don't want to stop here," she said.

"So many people are upset with this. I'm not trying to give a bad name to anyone, but that thing happened and we've got to make sure it doesn't happen again."

 

Sunday, November 23, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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