Merit board agrees officer made inappropriate comments about sheriff, violated rules

A sheriff’s deputy was suspended without pay after he was charged with six internal rules violations, including insubordination and conduct unbecoming an officer.

Sheriff Doug Cox had asked the sheriff’s office merit board to fire Sgt. Bill Pfifer after an internal investigation found that Pfifer had made comments about the sheriff that violated departmental rules after previously being warned not to, and talked about the confidential internal investigation.

Pfifer, a 16-year veteran of the department, received a 32-day unpaid suspension and will not be allowed to work part-time jobs that involve police powers and will lose his take-home vehicle during that time.

The sheriff’s office merit board found that he had violated five departmental rules, including conduct unbecoming an officer, not obeying orders, insubordination, making improper public statements and not displaying courtesy. A sixth charge of campaign activity was dismissed by the board. The merit board had the decision to do nothing, reprimand, demote, suspend or terminate Pfifer.

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