March 19th, 2010 | by JAMES PITKIN News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Politics, Multnomah County, Cops and Courts

MultCo Chief Deputy Dodges Investigation, Donates to Sheriff

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A glance through the donor list for Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton's election campaign prompted us this week to revisit a story WW broke last year.

Staton's finance reports show he received a $250 donation Feb. 6 from Tim Moore, chief deputy for law enforcement at the sheriff's office.

Moore made the news last year when we wrote about an alleged cover-up under former Sheriff Bob Skipper after Moore was accused of falsifying his field-training manual in 2006.

The Multnomah County District Attorney's Office declined to press charges against Moore. The last anyone had heard, Staton had asked the state Department of Public Safety Standards and Training to expedite a probe of the case after Staton became interim sheriff last November.

So when we saw Moore had given Staton money, we called Staton's campaign manager, Carol Wessinger, to ask if Staton knew about the February donation. Wessinger told us DPSST had cleared Moore of any wrongdoing and dropped the case weeks ago.

So we called DPSST and sure enough, on Feb. 2 the agency quietly issued a memo dropping the case against Moore. According to the analysis by Theresa King, professional standards investigator at DPSST, Moore had little motive to falsify his manual, and there was no physical evidence that he did so.

Read King's four-page report (PDF) here.

Meantime Brett Elliott, the sheriff's captain who first complained about Moore, remains out in the cold at the sheriff's office.

After Elliott brought the allegations against Moore last year, Skipper put a gag order on Elliott and exiled him from patrol captain to overseeing courthouse security.

Now Staton has Elliott relegated to a cubicle in the Multnomah Building, where he processes concealed-handgun licenses and alarm permits.
 
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