Police chief put on paid leave

The decision stems from an undisclosed personnel matter that is under investigation


The City of Prineville announced on Wednesday that Police Chief Eric Bush has been put on paid administrative leave pending an investigation

Since it involves a personnel matter, the City is not releasing any further information on the matter. Attempts to reach City of Prineville Attorney Carl Dutli for additional information were unsuccessful by press deadline.

Bush initially worked for the Bend Police Department, serving as a reserve police officer from September 1988 to January 1989. He was then employed as deputy sheriff for the Lane County Sheriff’s Office until July 1990.

Bush joined the Prineville Police Department in August 1990 as a patrol officer. He has served in various capacities, including narcotics investigations, SWAT, and mounted patrol. He was promoted to Chief in 2003.

During his time in Prineville, Bush has been active in the community, serving on several boards and participating in various youth activities.

In addition to his police work, Bush serves as a brigadier general in the Oregon National Guard. He is currently serving in Korea after being deployed there last month. He is responsible for conducting and executing operations and ensuring readiness of all U.S. forces in the Korean theater.

Bush also served in Iraq in 2009 and 2010 as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He has been awarded the Combat Infantry Badge and the Bronze Star.




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