- Associated Press - Sunday, March 2, 2014

PRINEVILLE, Ore. (AP) - Difficulty contacting witnesses in the military has slowed an investigation of Prineville’s police chief, who was put on leave last September.

The Bulletin reports (https://is.gd/6eVK9k ) that officials have released few details about the reasons for the investigation of Chief Eric Bush, beyond describing it as a “personnel matter” unrelated to the administration of justice.

The investigation has been handled by the Local Government Personnel Institute, which helps local governments in Oregon with labor issues. Its executive director, Diana Moffat, says investigators have had a difficult time arranging interviews with a handful of witnesses because of their military commitments.

Moffat said she could not say whether the witnesses serve with Bush, who is a brigadier general in the Oregon Army National Guard.

A 30-year veteran of the Guard, Bush has at times been called away from Prineville to fulfill his military obligations. He served in Iraq for 14 months in 2009-10.


Information from: The Bulletin, https://www.bendbulletin.com

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