Tim Poston, who was fired from the sheriff’s division in December, stated he filed a grievance this week with the Minot Police Division, alleging Fee Chairman Alan Walter violated state regulation in studying from his confidential medical report throughout a county personnel committee assembly on Dec. 22. Walter is considered one of two commissioners who serves on the committee. The state makes it a Class C felony for a public official to reveal confidential info. An offense is punishable with a most 5 years in jail and/or $10,000 superb.
“I used to be not given the prospect to shut the assembly,” Poston stated, indicating that’s an choice he ought to have been provided earlier than medical info was mentioned.
Walter denied the allegation Thursday.
“I didn’t learn from the report. I had seen the report and was simply reminding him of what the sheriff requested him for,” Walter stated.
Poston had filed a grievance, protesting being positioned on depart quite than given mild obligation after the sheriff decided drugs he was taking rendered him unable to carry out common duties. The sheriff had requested Poston for a medical assertion from his Canadian doctor relating to his clearance to work.
The personnel committee had scheduled a medical appointment for Poston with a Minot doctor, on the county’s expense, to find out whether or not he might work whereas taking the drugs. Poston noticed the doctor, who returned his report back to the sheriff.
On the Dec. 22 assembly, Walter had quoted the Minot physician’s report as saying he wants info from Poston’s Canadian doctor earlier than he could make a suggestion.
Poston stated he has been working together with his lawyer on accumulating further info relating to the incident, which led to the delay in submitting the grievance.
Poston additionally states Sheriff Robert Barnard did not carry out his public obligation in arresting Walter. Failing to carry out an obligation is a Class A misdemeanor, punishable with a most penalty of 1 yr in jail and/or a high-quality of $three,000. Barnard had no touch upon the state of affairs. Barnard was not on the assembly however the workplace was represented by an officer.
The Minot Police Division offered a press release that it’ll not problem any remark presently or affirm a grievance was filed. Info reported to police doesn’t routinely generate a legal grievance. Info is usually evaluated to find out the potential of a felony violation previous to initiating an investigation, the division said.
Poston stated he’s looking for to have the…