BERTHOUD - Town leaders in Berthoud shared everything they knew about an investigation involving the town's police chief and one of his officers Tuesday night.
The town attorney started with what happened first. He explained how every town board member, and many others, received an email on September 25 accusing Berthoud Police Officer Jeremy Yachik of domestic abuse.
"Shortly thereafter the chief of police of Berthoud learned that the Loveland Police Department was conducting a criminal investigation regarding the alleged domestic abuse and the chief promptly placed the accused officer on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation," said Berthoud Town Attorney Greg Bell.
On October 3, without any notice to the town of Berthoud, Loveland Police executed a search warrant of Police Chief Glenn Johnson's Office, while he was on vacation. They didn't say what he was accused of, but they did take three of his computers. The town requested a copy of the affidavit from Loveland Police. They initially agreed, but then said it was sealed.
"So the fact that you folks don't know anything about the allegations facing the chief, how frustrating is that for you guys?" 9NEWS Reporter Kevin Torres asked of Town Administrator Michael Hart.
"It's frustrating. Just like the attorney said, we'd like to hear something from someone to know what's going on," Hart said.
"Have you had any contact with the chief since he was put on leave?" Torres asked.
"No not since he was put on leave," Hart said.
Neither Chief Johnson nor Officer Yachik have been charged with anything. The Larimer County Sheriff's Department is conducting an internal investigation at the request of the town, while the Loveland Police Department conducts its own criminal investigation.
At the end of the meeting, most residents who attended were upset with the town board. They wanted to ask questions, but the trustees and mayor decided to axe public comment.
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