Police officers resign from department
June 2, 2006
Steamboat Springs — Two Steamboat Springs police officers have resigned from their positions with the department.
Police Capt. Joel Rae said Friday that officers Mark Mackey and Dwight Murphy resigned in May. Murphy’s last day with the police department was May 19, Rae said. Mackey resigned from his position May 31 after being placed on a paid suspension in April and an unpaid suspension in May.
Rae would not comment about the reasons for either officer’s resignation.
Murphy has since left Steamboat Springs for a second civilian tour in Iraq, Routt County Veterans Affairs officer Michael Condie said.
Murphy’s resignation came after several turbulent months in which he was forced to choose between campaigning as a Routt County sheriff candidate and being employed with the city’s police department.
Murphy publicly announced his withdrawal from the sheriff’s race in March. He cited the city’s request that he decide between campaigning and continuing as a police officer as the reason for dropping out of the race.
Mackey’s resignation came after his recent two-month suspension from the police department following his arrest in April on suspicion of harassment and prohibited use of a weapon, both misdemeanors.
Court documents indicate Mackey was arrested after Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to the Snow Bowl in response to a report Mackey had an altercation with his wife. The documents also indicate Mackey was intoxicated at the time of the alleged assault and was concealing a gun when fellow Steamboat police officers found him at the bowling alley.
After Mackey’s arrest, Public Safety Director J.D. Hays said Mackey was placed on paid leave, where he would remain until the court case was resolved.
Court records indicate Mackey pleaded guilty to misdemeanor criminal mischief (non-domestic and non-physical force) and prohibited use of a weapon (under the influence of alcohol) in Routt County Court on May 17.
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. The sentencing is a two-year deferred judgment, which means that if Mackey complies with all the terms of his sentencing and probation, the charges will not remain on his permanent record.
Mackey declined to comment Friday about the case or his resignation from the police department except to say that the resignation was “forced.”
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