Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Mountain Express: Sun Valley Police Chief Says He Was Forced Out

Posted By on Wed, Jul 17, 2013 at 9:13 AM

More melodrama at Sun Valley City Hall.

A few days after announcing his retirement from the police force after 26 years, Sun Valley Police Chief now says he was pressured into quitting and that Sun Valley Mayor Dewayne Briscoe had been trying to get rid of him.

"Mayor Briscoe tried to fire me but he couldn't come up with the right reason," Cameron Daggett told the Idaho Mountain Express. "I was forced out—that's the bottom line. I was muzzled about all these issues while I was an employee. It's only now that I've retired that I can speak out."

The 62-year-old Daggett underwent open-heart surgery in January, but he insisted that Briscoe had been trying to force him out of office long before his lengthy medical leave.

"They spent an inordinate amount of time tracking my cell phone usage for three years, showing that I was out of the area on certain days," said Daggett, who added that city officials wanted to charge him $29,000 for calls he made or received when not in the area, during a three-year period. "I was told by my doctors that a significant part of my heart problem was stress. My stress was induced by City Hall administration. A year ago, I was on no prescription drugs. Then six months ago, I had a life-threatening event."

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