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Columbia County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Carolyn Townsend retires, Capt. Tony Weaver still under investigation

PMG FILE PHOTO - Columbia County Sheriff's OfficeA Columbia County Jail staff member placed on administrative leave last month has left her position.

Sgt. Carolyn Townsend of the Columbia County Sheriff's Office retired amid an internal investigation into her conduct. Townsend was placed on leave pending an investigation initiated Oct. 23. On Wednesday, Nov. 13, she notified Sheriff

Brian Pixley that she was retiring.

Capt. Tony Weaver, the jail commander, was placed on leave pending an investigation the day after Townsend was placed on leave.

The investigation into Weaver is ongoing. Pixley said the two investigations are unrelated.

The investigation into Weaver is being carried out by Steve Salle, Pixley said. Sallee is a former St. Helens Police Department chief and former chief deputy for the Sheriff's Office. He was appointed to the chief deputy role following the abrupt resignation of former Sheriff Jeff Dickerson in spring 2018.

Pixley said he did not know when the investigation into Weaver would be completed.

Pixley declined to provide any information about either investigation.

Since Weaver's suspension, Lt. Brooke McDowall has served as interim jail commander.

The chronically understaffed jail is currently operating with at least five fewer staff than needed, McDowall said Tuesday.

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