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Independent firm wraps up investigation into Denver’s police chief, deputy chief – The Denver Post

An independent investigation into the Denver Police Department’s chief and second-in-command has been completed and now moves to another agency for review.

The report, which was completed last week, is in the hands of the Denver Sheriff Department’s conduct review office, said Daelene Mix, a spokeswoman for the Denver Department of Public Safety. No timeline has been set for that review.

The sheriff’s conduct review office will study the report and decide whether Chief Robert White or Deputy Chief Matt Murray violated any of the police department’s policies when they denied having possession of a scathing letter from former District Attorney Mitch Morrissey about Murray. The office also will be reviewing Murray’s oversight of an internal affairs investigation that led to the arrest of a Denver police officer and a woman who were accused of sexual assault. The charges against the two were later dropped, and Morrissey had been critical of Murray’s role in the investigation.

Denver Police Chief Robert White, left, and Deputy Chief Matt Murray.

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Denver Police Chief Robert White, left, and Deputy Chief Matt Murray.

If the sheriff’s conduct review office finds any violations, it will notify Stephanie O’Malley, the safety department’s executive director. O’Malley would consider recommendations and would decide whether Murray should be punished. If White is found to have violated policies, then Mayor Michael Hancock would be involved in any discipline because the chief is a mayoral appointee, Mix said.

If the conduct review office does not find any potential violations, then the ordeal, which began in May 2016, would be over.

O’Malley is following the standard procedure for disciplinary issues within the department, Mix said.

“She’s always at the end of the process,” Mix said. “The ultimate decision maker.”

O’Malley hired Flynn Investigations, a Denver law firm that also operates under the name Employment Matters, in March after questions were raised by the Denver Police Protective Association about Murray’s handling of the internal affairs investigation and about his and White’s responses to an open records request connected to that internal investigation.

The firm was paid $200 an hour for the investigation, which officially launched in May after a criminal case surrounding the open records request was closed.

In May 2016, then-District Attorney Mitch Morrissey sent a letter to White that criticized Murray’s oversight of an internal investigation that led to the arrest of a police officer accused of sexual assault and a woman who had been named as his accomplice.

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