Jail sergeant placed on leave amid internal investigation
Columbia County Sheriff's Sgt. Dustin Hald has been placed on paid administrative leave pending an internal investigation into potential policy violations.
The Sheriff's Office confirmed that Hald will be the subject of an investigation into violations, which don't include any illegal activity.
"Policy violations only," Sheriff Jeff Dickerson confirmed. "Nothing criminal."
Dickerson wouldn't comment on the nature of the investigation or what policies may have been violated, citing concerns for personnel privacy.
Law enforcement officers are public employees, but Dickerson said he considers divulging information about internal employee investigations a liability, "putting the county in danger of expensive lawsuits from current and former employees who believe their rights have been violated."
Hald previously served as an enforcement lieutenant with CCSO, but was given the title of jail sergeant— a lower rank within the department— sometime between 2016 and 2017.
Hald is one of at least two CCSO employees to be investigated recently.
Last year, CCSO's former undersheriff, Andy Moyer, was also investigated after complaints of internal policy violations. That investigation concluded Moyer did violate policies, but Dickerson said Moyer's actions didn't jeopardize public safety or constitute a violation of law. Moyer has since been working as a jail sergeant and the sheriff
has not named a new undersheriff.