Saturday, June 10, 2006
[WA] Jane Jermy
Deputy accused of assault loses his job
Frank Jermy's termination is the outcome of an internal investigation.
By Julie McCormick Sun Staff
Published in The Sun: 01/05/2001
Kitsap County Sheriff's Deputy Frank Jermy was fired on Thursday, about two months after an alleged assault against his wife Jane, a former Chief Deputy Coroner.
Jermy was on unpaid leave and the target of an internal investigation for undisclosed off-duty violations when deputies were called to the incident at his South Kitsap home Oct. 22.
This week's termination was the outcome of a new internal investigation triggered by the third-degree assault charges lodged against Jermy following the incident, said Undersheriff Dennis Bonneville.
Bonneville said normally the Sheriff's Office would not disclose the existence of an internal investigation or any discipline, but treated the Jermy case differently because of the attention the case had already received.
He declined to give further details except to say the decision to terminate Jermy followed a hearing convened by Patrol Chief Wayne Gulla.
Deputy Dave White, who operates the department's Office of Professional Standards, investigated the case, as he does all allegations of policy and procedure violations.
After the hearing, it was Gulla's decision to fire Jermy, said Bonneville.
Bonneville did not attend the hearing nor review the investigation because an appeal to him would be the next step if Jermy were to contest the decision.
To avoid conflict of interest, the King County Sheriff's Department was brought in to investigate the assault case.
Deputies' reports and charging documents in the alleged assault paint a picture of a family falling apart.
According to the investigation, Jermy was drunk when he and his wife got into an argument early on a Sunday morning.
He allegedly strangled her and put her in fear for her life, and at one time had a gun in his hand before deputies arrived.
Jermy was unavailable for comment at press time.
Reach reporter Julie McCormick at (360) 415-2683 (360) 415-2683 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published in The Sun: 01/05/2001 http://web.kitsapsun.com/news/2001/january/0105sheriffeputy.html
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