Two Sheriff employees punished for 911 call
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One employee of the San Juan County Sheriff’s office has been demoted and another may be fired for their role in a botched 911 call on December 4.

Sheriff Rick Eldredge initiated an internal investigation of the events surrounding the 911 call on December 4. An officer did not respond to the scene until approximately ten hours after the 911 call was received.

Sergeant Joe Harris was demoted to deputy and suspended for 30 days without pay. While the internal investigation recommended that dispatcher Sue Redd be fired, the human resource process is not yet complete. As a result, Eldredge said he would not comment on the issue.

“We value due process rights for our employees,” said Eldredge.

A 911 call from Liz Young was placed at 11:45 p.m. on December 4. Young reported that her estranged husband, Monticello Police Officer Cole Young, had entered her home and assaulted an occupant.

Because of Young’s position as a Monticello police officer, the call needed to be handled by another law enforcement agency. But an officer from the Sheriff’s department did not respond until approximately 10 a.m. the next morning.

Young was placed on administrative leave and eventually fired. He has been charged with first degree felony aggravated burglary.

Eldredge announced an internal investigation of the call and placed the two county employees on leave.

“It’s a sad deal. Sometimes great people make mistakes,” said Eldredge. “I will do everything I can to maintain the integrity of the department.”

Eldredge said policy, ethics and professionalism were at issue in the investigation. He said it is clear policy was not followed.

Monticello Police Chief Kent Adair was also placed on leave for one month. The Monticello City Council was expected to address a city investigation of the matter at the January 12 council meeting, which was held after the press deadline.
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