Thursday, August 30, 2007
Steamboat Springs The 23-year-old Routt County Sheriff's Office detention deputy who was fired Monday for violating the department's conduct policy is appealing the decision.
Sheriff Gary Wall said Wednesday that he would likely meet today with Mitchell Bachmann.
"He's appealed the termination, which is his right. He's entitled to do that," Wall said. "I'm going to give him his due."
Bachmann was fired Monday after an incident Aug. 12 in Fort Collins. According to Larimer County officials, Bachmann approached an 18-year-old woman at a gas station and asked her personal questions as well as directions to a nightclub. Larimer County officials also said he asked her if she wanted to get in his vehicle. The woman later reported the incident to authorities. Fort Collins has had several high-profile crimes involving police impersonators in recent months.
At the time of the incident, Bachmann was wearing a black shirt with the word "sheriff" on it. It was not a Routt County Sheriff's Office-issued shirt. Bachmann, who had been working at the Sheriff's Office less than three months, was not on duty and was not armed. He was driving a personal vehicle.
While Bachmann was cleared of any criminal charges, the Sheriff's Office conducted an internal investigation into the incident. Bachmann was fired as a result of that investigation.
Attempts to contact Bachmann through the Sheriff's Office were unsuccessful Wednesday. Bachmann, who is from Fort Collins, does not have a phone number listed in Steamboat Springs.
Undersheriff David Bustos said Wednesday that Bachmann's letter of appeal consisted of one sentence requesting a hearing with Wall.
"He had three days to appeal the decision and set up an appointment," Bustos said. "Basically he said he wanted to have the hearing."
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