DENVER - The spokesperson for the Denver Sheriff Department, Frank Gale, has been fired.
According to his letter of discipline, he was let go due to neglect of duty, an act of dishonesty (citing lying to superiors or falsifying records with respect to official duties), failure to comply with the lawful orders of an authorized supervisor or failing to do assigned work and his failure to observe written departmental or agency regulations.
This is mostly in connection with the allegations that Gale gave special treatment to Captain Gillespie when she was arrested and incarcerated at the Downtown Detention Center for domestic violence on June 16, 2014.
Executive Director of Public Safety Stephanie Y O'Malley released the following statement regarding his departure:
"A high standard of professionalism and integrity is expected from members of the Denver Sheriff Department. In those instances where any member of the department is found to depart from the truth, a sacred trust is broken, particularly in an agency whose guiding principles include honesty, personal leadership, integrity and accountability. Existing department policies support termination in this instance."
In a statement released Thursday, Gale's attorney calls his firing "union busting." The statement reads in part, "This was an act by the [Mayor Michael] Hancock administration to weaken or destroy this City's strongest labor union."
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