Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer

Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer

Blue Mountain Eagle

John Day’s police chief and dispatch manager’s complaints that the Grant County sheriff’s support for the militia occupying the Malheur refuge endangered the public have been sent to the justice department for further investigation.

Chief Richard Gray and Dispatch Manager Valerie Luttrell were among at least eight who filed formal complaints against Sheriff Glenn Palmer with the state Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, which licenses Oregon police officers. The department sent the complaints to the Oregon Department of Justice recommending an investigation.

Palmer said in an email Friday morning he is being represented by an attorney, but he declined to discuss the complaints.

“As of this morning, I have not been contacted by the DOJ but I have received a packet from DPSST,” he said in the email. “Other than that, I am not discussing anything further. Please respect that.”

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