By US~Observer Staff
Okanogan County, WA – In February of 2017, we reported on Okanogan Sheriff’s Deputy Shane W. Jones who in 2006 was fired by Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers for what has been described as belligerence, and lying about a gun being in his vehicle to a trooper who had pulled him over on the suspicion of driving under the influence. During that event, Jones’ blood alcohol was registered as a 0.15, with 0.08 being the legal limit. According to reports, the DUI charge was deferred and five years later dropped.
Jones was apparently reinstated to his deputy position after an arbitrator determined the firing was too tough a penalty. Jones was awarded almost $200,000 in back pay and attorney fees.
On December 8, 2016 after being pulled over for driving down the wrong side of the road in his personal vehicle, Jones was found to be under the influence of perscription drugs and was put on administrative leave pending an internal investigation.
Now almost five months later, Deputy Jones has resigned, taking with him almost $20,000 ($19,713) in paid leave. And, due to a “conflict” it has been reported that Okanogan County had asked Grant County prosecutors to review the case for possible charges.
I would venture to say that after five months they aren’t going to.
It just goes to show that it pays to be a part of the system in Okanogan County, even when you are bad.