Steamboat Springs County Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak has written a letter to Sheriff Gary Wall asking Wall to clarify which county policies he thinks apply to the Sheriff's Office.
The letter was written in the wake of Wall's announcement that he would allow deputies to use their patrol vehicles for personal use. That runs contrary to county policies.
Wall made his policy announcement two weeks ago after Undersheriff David Bustos was involved in a minor traffic accident in his county-owned vehicle in Vernal, Utah, in May.
Wall was unavailable for comment Wednesday. Repeated calls to his office and cell phone were not returned.
County officials have said the Sheriff's Office typically abides by the county's motor pool policy, which prohibits personal use of county vehicles unless for business. Under the county's policy, Sheriff's Office deputies were allowed to drive vehicles home, unlike other county employees.
Stahoviak has asked Wall to respond to her letter by July 13.
"We really want a written response so we're clear which policies (Wall) believes his employees fall under and which policies they do not," she said Wednesday. "It's important for us to clarify his position so we can evaluate those policies and see how they impact us."
Stahoviak's letter states that there are "a number of policies required by federal law, state law and the county's insurance" that Wall must address.
"If it is your position that your office is not subject to these policies, then you need to immediately adopt policies that address the areas required by these laws and the county's insurance," the letter states.
Stahoviak also said Wall's positions could affect his 2008 budget.
"We strongly believe that the failure to comply with these policies could result in the board's refusal to pay for purchases and contracts not made in compliance with these policies," the letter states. "We ask you state in writing whether you believe you are not subject to these policies."
Stahoviak said the county is interested in "knowing what's going on" at the Sheriff's Office and improving communication.
"It's all in how you do it," she said. "Any elected official can make his or her own policies, but we need to have that interaction on what that means. We haven't had that interaction with" Wall.
Wall reportedly sent an e-mail to County Manager Tom Sullivan asking for a regular meeting time on the county's Tuesday agenda, which Stahoviak thinks is a good idea.
"There aren't many times that the sheriff comes before us," she said. "So, I think it would be a good to have him come to us more regularly to have those interactions."