Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Daggett was not pushed to retire


    This letter is in response to the article that you published in your July 17, 2013, edition about former city of Sun Valley Police Chief Cam Daggett.  
    First, I would like to publicly thank Chief Daggett for his 37 years of service to the residents of the city of Sun Valley.  Second, since taking office in January of 2012, my primary goal has been to restore the concept of public accountability to all government functions within the city of Sun Valley, including compliance with the city’s personnel policies, especially by its department heads.  Third, the city of Sun Valley gave Chief Daggett multiple opportunities to explain those portions of the forensic audit that discussed his possible violations of the city of Sun Valley’s personnel policies.
    For reasons of confidentiality, I will not comment on the process given to Chief Daggett regarding his opportunity to respond to the forensic audit report.  However, I will note that I gave Chief Daggett express written permission to publicly disclose my November 27, 2013, correspondence to him and any other information related to the forensic audit that pertained to him (but not other employees).  Further, I told Chief Daggett in writing to “take whatever measures you feel necessary to address any perception you have that your reputation needs to be publically corrected as a result of the public information.”
    Thus, Chief Daggett’s suggestion that the city muzzled him about speaking out on these issues is incorrect.  Finally, after giving Chief Daggett extended medical leave for purposes of returning to his job, the city is extremely disappointed that Chief Daggett has suggested that he was pressured into retirement. The city vehemently denies that allegation, as well as many of the other statements that Chief Daggett attributes to me and other members of the city government. The city is prohibited from disclosing personnel documents to the public and therefore cannot respond to some of Chief Daggett’s statements, but I would like to respond to Chief Daggett’s statement, “I have a quote from Mayor Briscoe on Jan. 3, 2013, that it would be best to retire sooner than later,” because that statement is taken out of context.  This is what I told Chief Daggett in writing on Jan. 11, 2013: In the past few months, you have, in fact, discussed retiring from the police department. After you returned from your time off in December, in a conversation with Michael Parda on Dec. 26, you told him that the time away had helped and you had decided to retire. You told him you had already discussed this with your wife. You indicated that you thought a mid-to-late February retirement time would work. You said that one of the factors in your decision was the fact that your wife lives in Boise, and you were losing your rental as of March 31, 2013.
    You also discussed retirement in the Jan. 7, 2013 meeting you had with me and Michael Parda. My inclination was that if you were planning to retire that it be in about two weeks, or sooner rather than later.  You then requested that you wanted to discuss this with your wife again over the weekend, because she is in Boise, and we scheduled a follow-up meeting for Tuesday, Jan. 15.
    Notwithstanding this unfortunate development, the city of Sun Valley wishes Chief Daggett and his family nothing but the best in his retirement.

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