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Whistleblower Investigation - Jack Louws - 08-03-12

Whistleblower Investigation - Jack Louws - 08-03-12

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Whistleblower complaint final determination by county executive Jack Louws.
Whistleblower complaint final determination by county executive Jack Louws.

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WHATCOMCOTY EXECUTIVE'SOFFICE
CountyCourthouse 311GrandAve.Suite#108 Bellingham,WA98225
JackLouws
CountyExecutive
July24,2012 PaulMurphy1215E.SmithRoadBellingham,WA982-2~REFERENCE:COMPLAINT-FINALDETERMINATIONDearMr.Murphy, ThankyouforyourletterofMay28,2012outliningaseriesofconcernsrelatedtoyour employmentwiththeWhatcomCountySheriff'sOffice..IdirectedthehandlingofyourcomplainttotheCounty'sHumanResourcesManagerwhoengagedanoutsideinvestigator.Ihavereviewedthematterandconcurwiththeinvestigator'sconclusions.Ihavedeterminedthatnofurtheractioniswarranted.Sincerely,Enclosure:InvestigationReport-July6,2012Office3606766717Fax3606766775TOO3607384555
 
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ImproperGovernmentalActionReportingForm
(tobecompletedbydepartmentheadortheHumanResourcesManager,theProsecutingAttornevortheirdesignee
EmployeeNameSheriff'sOfficeDepartmentAffectedDepartment/DivisionPaulMurphyDateofOccurrenceLetterrec'd5/29/2012heriff'sOfficeImproperAction(s)Employee/PersonInvolvedInvestigationWarranted?Itisnotpossibleto-tellwhetherafullinvestigation-iswarranted,astheallegationsarerathervaguein (Ifno,actionrecommended)nature.Thereiswarranttodoalimitedamountofinvestigationtodeterminewhetherafullinvestigationisnecessary.
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Date
05/31/2012
Within3daysofemployeereport,completetopportionandsendappropriatecopytotheCountyExecutivewithcopyofemployeereport
PersonInterviewed"-PaulMurphy,ErikFrancis,SteveHarris,BillElfo,:DanGibsonj;Ron
Powers
DetailsofInvestigationSeeattachedreportfromoutsideinvestigator,Janice'CorbinFindingsofInvestigation--No-complaintsof-improper-governmental-actionwithintimeframes-setby-pplicy.- ActionRecommendedNoaction
SignatureDate
07/06/2012
Afterinvestigationiscompleted,completeshadedareaandsendoriginaltotheCountyExecutiveforfinaldeterminationonactionstobetaken.Attachadditionalpagesasneeded.1:\FORMS\Complaint-ImproperGovtAction
7/12/12
 
RECEIVED
JUL6-2012
WhatcomCountyInvestigation PaulMurphyWhistleblowerComplaint
JACKLOUWS
PreparedbyJaniceCorbin,SoundEmploymentSolutionCOIdNTY
EXECUTIVE
July6,2012
Introduction
OnMay
28,2012,
WhatcomCountyDeputySheriffPaulMurphyfiledaWhistleblowercomplaintwhichheforwardedtoWhatcomCountyExecutiveJackLouws,WhatcomCountyProsecutorDaveMcEachran,WhatcomCountySheriffBillElfo,andHuman ResourcesDirectorKarenGoens.InaccordancewithWhatcomCounty'sresolution 893-14andCountyPoliciesandProceduresonReportingImproperGovernmental
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ActionandProtectingEmployeesAgainstRetaliation,theCounty'sHumanResources DivisionisresponsibleforoverseeinganyWhistleblowercomplaintfiledbyaCounty employee.HumanResourcesDirectorKarenGoenscontactedJaniceCorbinofSoundEmploymentSolutionsandrequestedthatsheinvestigateDeputyMurphy'sMay
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Whistleblowercomplaint.
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InvestigativeSteps
Ms.CorbininterviewedDeputyMurphyonJune
14,2012
athishomewithotherfami~ memberspresent.AttheconclusionoftheinterviewDeputyMurphywasaskedifthefe wereanywitnessesthathefeltwouldhaveinformationabouthisconcernsasstated
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hiscomplaint.Inresponse,DeputyMurphyidentifiedcolleaguesDeputySheriffErik FrancisandSteveHarris,bothofwhomwereinterviewedonJune
21,2012.
Othersinterviewedduringthisinvestigationinclude:SheriffBillElfo,WhatcomCountyAssistChiefDeputyProsecutor/CivilDanGibson,andretiredFBISpecialAgentRonPowers.
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Documentsreviewedduringtheinvestigativeprocessinclude:theCounty'sWhistleblowerpolicyandreportingprocedures;WashingtonStatelaw;thecollective bargainingagreementbetweenWhatcomCountyDeputiesandtheCounty;DeputyMurphy'sthree(3)pagecomplaintassubmittedtoMr.Louws;aninvestigationinitiated bytheSheriffsOfficeinFebruaryof
2012
inwhichitwasallegedthatDeputyMurphyhadremovedandreplacedtheharddrivefromtheCountyownedlaptopprovidedfor hisprofessionaluse,andhissubsequentcontradictorystatementsaboutthematter; DeputyMurphy'sdisciplinaryhistory;andWashingtonStateguidelinesforthe statewideElectronicHomeMonitoringProgramforlowleveloffendersasmonitoredby theDepartmentofCorrectionsandWhatcomCountyDistrictCourt.
SES-WhatcomCty-MurphyWhistleblowerComplaint5-28-2012
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