A continuing rift between the Valley County prosecutor and sheriff has resulted in the prosecutor ordering that no search warrants be executed on behalf of sheriff's deputies outside of normal business hours. Simply put, Valley County Prosecutor Matt Williams said that, with the exception of homicide or sexual assault cases, his staff would not process warrants on evenings or weekends.
This morning's McCall Star News reports that Valley County Sheriff Patti Bolen quickly complained about Williams' new policy, and county commissioners met in a closed executive session on June 4 regarding the matter, but Williams said the elected officials "violated the state open meeting law."
The Star News reports that Williams' decision to change his departments' policy on search warrants came one day after an independent investigation resulted in no charges against Bolen regarding the handling of an arson suspect last fall.
An investigation by McCall Police Chief Jerry Summer had recommended charges against Bolen for resisting and obstructing officers for failing to book a suspect in connection with an October arson at a Cascade school. The suspect, a juvenile, was subsequently arraigned and faces a pending trial.