Steamboat Springs A former police officer who left the department after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor crime in May 2006 has been hired as a patrol deputy for the Routt County Sheriff's Office.
Mark Andrew Mackey, 29, is in field training with the Sheriff's Office.
Sheriff Gary Wall said he conducted an "extensive background" check and felt "very comfortable" hiring him as a law enforcement officer.
"(Mackey) went through a psych test, a polygraph test, I talked to the people involved in his (criminal case) and I talked to him," Wall said. "I hired him."
Mackey said he is appreciative of the opportunity to return to law enforcement.
"I'm very grateful for the second chance from Gary," Mackey said. "I made a mistake, and now it's time to move forward."
Court documents indicate Mackey pushed his wife during an argument in April 2006. He called a police officer and sheriff's deputies subsequently contacted him at a business west of Steamboat Springs. Mackey had a concealed gun and was under the influence of alcohol.
After the incident, Mackey was placed on two months paid leave from the Steamboat Springs Police Department. Mackey pleaded guilty to misdemeanor criminal mischief and prohibited use of a weapon on May 17, 2006. As part of the plea agreement, the District Attorney's Office dismissed a domestic violence harassment charge.
Mackey was sentenced to two years of supervised probation and was required to perform 40 hours of community service and submit to an alcohol evaluation and a domestic violence treatment program. Mackey's case was dismissed last week as a result of him completing the terms and conditions of his sentencing.
"Based on everything I know about the situation," Wall said, "I felt very comfortable hiring him."
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