Friday, December 7, 2012

Police respond to mayor’s ‘disappointment’

Chief: We have good investigators

Express Staff Writer

Sun Valley Police Chief Cam Daggett responded Thursday to a statement by Mayor DeWayne Briscoe that he was “disappointed” by an investigation of break-ins at the Elkhorn Fire Station conducted by the department earlier this year.

“When we do an investigation, I think we do a thorough job,” Daggett said. “I’ve never had a mayor be disappointed before.”

Briscoe’s comments were made in reference to apparent break-ins at the fire station on two occasions between February and April, allegedly resulting in the loss of city files.

“[Someone] logged in and extensively deleted emails and other correspondence,” Briscoe said in April.

    He also said it appeared that specific dates were targeted, covering the past few years, and that stolen or deleted records included work-hour and payroll records for Fire Department staff.

Briscoe said Tuesday that “the city considers the case closed” even though Sun Valley police were unable to determine a culprit.

    “I was disappointed at the lack of depth of the Police Department investigation of the possible break-in at the Elkhorn Fire Station and the inadequate follow-up on any clues as to which personnel might have been involved,” he said. “There has been no follow-up to the investigation by the Police Department.”

Daggett agreed that the case “seems to be a closed deal.”

“On March 7, we were notified of this event and went and did this investigation,” Daggett said. “On March 12, the investigation was taken away from us. We turned in all our reports on the case to the Office of the Attorney General. We took all the evidence to the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office.”

On Jan. 17, Scott H. Birch, chief investigator for the Office of the Attorney General, began conducting an investigation of the city concerning alleged misuse of public funds by then-City Administrator Sharon Hammer and then-Fire Chief Jeff Carnes. A report on Birch’s findings, dated Oct. 15, was presented to Blaine County Prosecutor Jim Thomas. Thomas stated in a letter dated Nov. 21 to Briscoe and the City Council that he would not file criminal charges against past or present city of Sun Valley employees, due to insufficient evidence.

“Our feeling was that by handing the investigation over, our investigation was stopped,” Daggett said. “We felt someone else was going to be pursuing it.”

Daggett said he felt comfortable with that arrangement and did not feel responsible to complete the investigation because “Scott Birch is a good investigator.”

Briscoe said Wednesday that he had a “very productive” meeting with Daggett that morning and that they discussed how to avoid “disappointing” the mayor in the future. Briscoe declined to elaborate further.

“The prosecuting attorney would be a good judge of the department’s investigative ability,” Daggett said.

Thomas did not return messages seeking comment by press deadline Thursday.

Brennan Rego:

About Comments

Comments with content that seeks to incite or inflame may be removed.

Comments that are in ALL CAPS may be removed.

Comments that are off-topic or that include profanity or personal attacks, libelous or other inappropriate material may be removed from the site. Entries that are unsigned or contain signatures by someone other than the actual author may be removed. We will take steps to block users who violate any of our posting standards, terms of use or any other policies governing this site. Use of this system denotes full acceptance of these conditions. Please review the full rules governing commentaries and discussions. You are fully responsible for the content that you post.

The comments below are from the readers of and in no way represent the views of Express Publishing, Inc.

You may flag individual comments. You may also report an inappropriate or offensive comment by clicking here.

Flagging Comments: Flagging a comment tells a site administrator that a comment is inappropriate. You can find the flag option by pointing the mouse over the comment and clicking the 'Flag' link.

Flagging a comment is only counted once per person, and you won't need to do it multiple times.

Proper Flagging Guidelines: Every site has a different commenting policy - be sure to review the policy for this site before flagging comments. In general these types of comments should be flagged:

  • Spam
  • Ones violating this site's commenting policy
  • Clearly unrelated
  • Personal attacks on others
Comments should not be flagged for:
  • Disagreeing with the content
  • Being in a dispute with the commenter

Popular Comment Threads

 Local Weather 
Search archives:

Copyright © 2020 Express Publishing Inc.   Terms of Use   Privacy Policy
All Rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part in any form or medium without express written permission of Express Publishing Inc. is prohibited. 

The Idaho Mountain Express is distributed free to residents and guests throughout the Sun Valley, Idaho resort area community. Subscribers to the Idaho Mountain Express will read these stories and others in this week's issue.