DOJ responds to Bush inquiry


Investigation was done by Criminal Justice Division after request from Crook County DA

As it turns out, another investigation was taking place over the past few months regarding alleged misconduct by former Prineville Police Chief Eric Bush.

Bush was initially put on paid administrative leave last fall after concerns arose about his use of flex time, use of city office equipment and travel reimbursement claims.

Once he was put on leave, the Local Government Personnel Institute conducted an investigation into the alleged misconduct that ultimately resulted in Bush getting fired last month.

During that investigation, another probe was initiated by Crook County District Attorney Daina Vitolins.

She wrote in an email that on Oct. 8, she?asked the Oregon Department of Justice, Criminal Justice Division to conduct a criminal investigation into allegations of improper use of flex time, improper travel reimbursement claims, and improper use of City of Prineville office equipment.

The investigation results, released Monday afternoon by Assistant Attorney General Kristen Hoffmeyer, found that there is “insufficient evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Chief Bush committed any crimes regarding the three (investigated allegations).”

A full story on the investigation and its results will appear in the Friday, Aug. 22 edition of the Central Oregonian.