SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. – KHQ has confirmed Craig Chamberlin, a Sheriff’s Deputy and candidate for Spokane County Sheriff, has been fired from the Spokane County Sheriff’s Workplace.
SCSO says the termination course of for Chamberlin has been ongoing for a number of weeks, with the dedication to let him go from the company being made Thursday. KHQ is awaiting information detailing why Chamberlin was let go, however SCSO did say it was over allegations he was untruthful in addition to different coverage violations stemming again into 2021.
Chamberlin had labored for 18 years on the Sheriff’s Workplace, and simply this week introduced his bid for Spokane County Sheriff. He’s working towards present Undersheriff John Knowles. Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich introduced earlier this yr that he wouldn’t be looking for re-election.
KHQ reached out to Craig Chamberlin for remark and reached him by cellphone. Chamberlin additionally confirmed he’d been fired, including that he believes “that is 100% politically motivated.”
Chamberlin says that the company is accusing him of dishonesty throughout an investigation that, “I had nothing to do with and was not my investigation. I by no means lied one time throughout any portion of the investigation. I used to be 100% truthful.”
Chamberlin says his being fired is not going to deter him from persevering with his marketing campaign for Sheriff, and certainly a candidate doesn’t need to be employed by the Sheriff’s Workplace to run for County Sheriff. “Nothing has modified. The residents of Spokane County need to have the best possible service attainable. It’s not my division, it’s not my deputies. It’s your division and your deputies. The Sheriff is simply lucky sufficient to be put in cost to guarantee that the division runs easily.”
“That is odd timing for my termination,” Chamberlin stated, although, once more, the Sheriff’s workplace advised us this investigation has been ongoing since 2021. “I’m not backing down, I’m shifting ahead.”
When requested if he was going to enchantment the firing, Chamberlin stated, “completely. I’m going to satisfy with the chief board and in the event that they determine to maneuver ahead for an arbitration I’ll be represented by an lawyer. I’m additionally hoping the Deputy Sheriff’s Affiliation can see by way of what that is all about, which is 100% politically motivated.”
Saturday morning, two days after he was fired, Chamberlin posted an image of himself in uniform on his official candidate Fb Web page. The tagline for the Fb web page reads “Spokane’s hottest deputy now working for Sheriff of Spokane County.” We did ask if he was going to alter that since he’s not a Deputy, nonetheless the cellphone service was spotty and Chamberlin appeared to not hear the query.
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