POLSON – Polson Chief of Police Wade Nash and one of his officers will be required to attend ethics training in a decision handed down by the Montana Public Safety Officer Standards and Training Council, also known as POST.
The officer, Cory Anderson, also has been ordered to undergo a chemical dependency evaluation by a certified evaluator and “comply with any and all recommendations by that evaluator.”
Nash also must attend training in evidence procedures that includes evidence logging, maintaining chain of custody and evidence destruction.
Both will retain their POST certifications under the terms of the stipulations and resolutions of their cases.
The council investigated Nash for allegedly tampering with and intimidating a witness in a Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks poaching investigation in 2010 in which Lake County law enforcement officers had been implicated. The chief also was accused of accepting a shotgun as a gift for running a sale of guns that had been seized as evidence, in violation of the law.
Nash allegedly used Anderson’s cellphone to call the witness in the poaching case. Anderson’s case, meantime, included allegations of multiple incidents involving alcohol, including a car crash, domestic abuse and being kicked out of a bar for public intoxication.
The case was amended to drop an additional incident in which Anderson originally was characterized as “operator of a boat in an alcohol-related boating accident in 2004 which resulted in a death.”
Clayton L. Coker, acting executive director of POST, confirmed that other POST cases involving former Lake County Undersheriff Karey Reynolds and Lake County Sheriff’s Lt. Mike Sargeant are no longer being pursued.
Reporter Vince Devlin can be reached at 1-800-366-7186 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.