DAGGET COUNTY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) Two Daggett County Jail corrections officers were fired due to an investigation into misconduct.
A lieutenant also resigned.
Daggett County Sheriff’s Office says in February, the Utah Department of Corrections removed 80 state inmates from the Daggett County Jail as result of an ongoing investigation of “alleged misconduct by staff.”
As a result of the initial report, two officers who were placed on leave at the beginning of the investigation, were fired. They also accepted the resignation of the jail commander.
Utah Department of Corrections Executive Director Rollin Cook issued the following statement Friday in response to administrative and personnel actions taken by the Daggett County Sheriff’s Office.
“The Department of Corrections appreciates the ongoing cooperation from the Daggett County Commissioners and County Attorney’s Office as the investigation into misconduct and mismanagement at the county jail continues.“We recognize the significant financial impact the removal of state inmates has to the county and its citizens and we are committed to working with the county leadership to come to a resolution.“This case involves multiple, distressing allegations among line staff and command staff in the Daggett County Jail. These are serious, criminal allegations, involving unprofessional conduct and unacceptable correctional practices, which put the inmates and the public in jeopardy.“Because of the gravity of the allegations and the possible involvement at many levels of the Daggett County Sheriff’s Office, the case deserves a thorough and careful review, which will take time.“Current Sheriff’s Office command staff continue to be subjects of the investigation and we remain apprehensive about returning inmates to the jail under its current culture. State inmates will not be returned to the jail at this time. Future administrative actions will factor in our decision making for potential inmate placement.”
The sheriff’s office says the investigation is ongoing and it will not release further information about the allegations at this time.