The Walla Walla Commissioned Deputy Sheriff's Association has formally requested that Sgt. Bill White be taken off administrative leave and placed back on the active duty roster.
"The association is outraged and strongly condemns the treatment of Sgt. Bill White," wrote Jamie B. Goldberg, an attorney for the association, in a letter delivered Friday to Sheriff John Turner.
White was placed on paid administrative leave in mid-June and according to the association has not been formally told why.
Turner said Monday that White was informed of the allegations against him at the beginning of the investigation, which is being conducted by the Benton County Sheriff's Department.
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Goldberg also issued a press release Monday that expanded on the demand for White's return to active duty, alleging the sheriff's office administration has attempted to "try the matter in the court of public opinion with statements made to the Union-Bulletin and a local radio station."
Goldberg also stated the association has raised concerns that the investigation being conducted by the Benton County Sheriff's Office could present a conflict of interest.
"The concern about this is that, apparently, Sheriff Turner has a business relationship with Benton County Sheriff's Office employees," Goldberg stated in the press release, referencing Turner's involvement with Practical Edge Shooting, a Kennewick shooting school.
Turner is listed as an instructor along with law enforcement officers from other agencies, including at least one from the Benton County Sheriff's Office.
Turner, however discounted the claim.