Two days after Bend police revealed a bombshell about one of their own, leaders are trying to regroup.
“As an organization, this is embarrassing, and everyone in the organization feels that,” Police Chief Jeff Sale said Thursday. “This is not who we are.”
Public Information Officer Chris Carney recently quit his job after detectives say he was found to have had sexual contact while on duty with four women, three of whom were city employees, the fourth a member of the media.
As it turned out out, Carney was having sex on duty for more than a decade.
The investigating report cites notices of the incidents in his personnel file. But a history of sexual misconduct didn’t stop Carney from getting one of the department’s most high-profile jobs just a couple of years ago.
“Some of these (sexual encounters) had occurred quite some time ago,” Sale said. “And I personally was not aware of them.”
Sale said now it’s time to apologize and move on.
“We have good people who work here, and we make good decisions,” he said. “We’ll fix our mistakes and do everything we can to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”
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