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Sam Fawcett

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The Stevensville school resource officer officially resigned this week as a criminal investigation by the Ravalli County Sheriff’s Office drew to a close. 

Sam Fawcett, who has been on administrative leave since April 10, is the second Stevensville police officer to resign in a month.

The officers' departures leave police Chief James Marble as the town's only law enforcement officer.

Ravalli County Sheriff Steve Holton said his office would deliver its case against Fawcett in the form of a complaint Tuesday afternoon to the Ravalli County Attorney’s Office.

The sheriff’s office has been investigating the case for about six weeks.

While Holton said he couldn’t elaborate on the details of the case, he did say it had nothing to do with Fawcett’s position as a school resource officer or with the school district.

Fawcett’s resignation was accepted June 3.

On May 23, Officer Reeni Jessop resigned after two years of service.

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Jessop was severely injured in an off-duty motorcycle accident last year in March.

The town will work with the Ravalli County Sheriff’s Office to provide law enforcement coverage during the staffing shortage.

“The safety of the community is our priority as we enter a busy summer,” said Stevensville Mayor Brandon Dewey. “We are grateful for the sheriff’s willingness to help us out and we value our relationship with them. Discussions will be held internally to address retention and culture within the SPD to provide more effective service.”

The police department will advertise both positions. The plan calls for having a school resource officer hired by the beginning of the upcoming school year.

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