Board's letter to chief, captain addresses cover up allegations
DENHAM SPRINGS - The city's municipal civil service board accuse the city's police chief and a department captain of cover ups and playing with the safety of fellow officers and citizens in letters sent to the two men and obtained by the WBRZ News 2 Investigative Unit.
The letters are formalities in the on-going board investigation into Chief Scott Jones and Captain Steve Kistler. Both have disciplinary hearings before the Denham Springs Municipal Fire and Police Civil Service Board in January. The hearings are related to how the two men handled the board's inquiry into a department internal investigation concerning a now former officer who is accused of having a drug problem.
The situation surrounding Russell Munsell has been highlighted by a series of reports from the Investigative Unit.
In the four-page letters, the board tells both Jones and Kistler they "participated in covering up Sgt. Munsell's drug issues to the detriment of the police department, Sgt. Munsell's career and person and the safety of the citizens of Denham Springs."
The hearing could exonerate the two men or could lead to their dismissal.
"At the low end of the scale, a reprimand to the high end of the scale, termination. The board has to determine what's appropriate based on what it's heard. These gentlemen have the opportunity to present their side of the story and the board has to consider that before making any of these types of findings," the board's attorney told WBRZ News 2 in a recent interview.
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