Sheriff hires former officer

Mackey resigned from police department last year


— 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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whyquestion 10 years ago

musknosumpin oak creek is relevent because wall did backgroud checks for deficit cargos many police hires and on his word were hired!!!!!jason took the the test for certifiation many times and flunked each time!!!! only one example!!!walls' judgment appears to be flam?????


whyquestion 10 years ago

Will the sheriffs liabilty insurance increase?????? have any lawsuits been filed against the sheriffs' dept????will pilot staff take down these comments?????


Matthew Stoddard 10 years ago

Musk- He was already given a the SSPD. He didn't do to well with that try.


whyquestion 10 years ago

hope his hirings turn out better than he did in oak creek with deficit cargos multiple police chiefs he recommended for hire?????? hey alwayslocal get educated on whats really happening??????


stmbtgrl20 10 years ago

I can't believe that the Pilot even printed the article. Do any of you even remember this story? Do any of you even know the family involved? Nice to see that the Pilot still has the knack for writing ficticious articles. Get your facts straight before you throw someone's life out there to ruin. I am sure that all of the readers who have commented have lived absolutely perfect lives and have never done anything stupid.


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