SWEET HOME, OREGON — A former Sweet Home policeman has been arrested for allegedly misappropriating funds from the union that represents local dispatchers and officers.
Randy Gill, 32, was contacted by Klamath County Sheriff’s Office on Aug. 17, and taken into custody based on a warrant, said Sgt. Steve Dorn, of Albany Police Department.
He was arrested on charges of three counts of second-degree theft, official misconduct and third-degree theft, Dorn added.
The warrant had been issued July 27. Klamath County Sheriff’s Office wasn’t immediately available to comment on the arrest Wednesday.
In October, Sweet Home Police Department officers came to the Chief Bob Burford with concerns there may have been a misappropriation of local union funds.
“Something looked wrong,” Burford said. “I immediately asked Albany Police Department if they would conduct the investigation into that.”
That same day, Gill resigned from the police department, Burford said. Gill had been a Sweet Home officer for about seven years.
Paige Clarkson, Marion County deputy district attorney, will prosecute the case so the Linn County District Attorney’s Office can avoid any potential conflict of interest.
“It will be handled in Linn County. There’s no change of venue,” Clarkson said.
Second-degree theft, a Class A misdemeanor, applies to thefts of greater than $100 and less than $1,000. Official misconduct also is a Class A misdemeanor, Clarkson said.
Burford said it is always a disappointment when a police officer fails to live up to their oath of office.
“This is a first for Sweet Home to my knowledge,” Burford said. “And hopefully the last.”