Spokane Co. Sheriff requests investigation into his gas useage

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by HAYLEY GUENTHNER & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on July 9, 2013 at 5:19 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 9 at 5:45 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich asked for an internal investigation into his own alleged misuse of a county gas card.

“The Sheriff approached me and asked for an independent third party neutral investigation into an allegation back in 2006 in which he’s alleged to inappropriately using a county gas card,” said Tim Burns, Spokane Police Ombudsman. “This is the first time I’ve experienced [a Sheriff asking to be investigated] in my tenure in Spokane."

Sheriff Knezovich said he wanted a full investigation to settle the matter once and for all.

“I found absolutely no proprieties in the use of it whatsoever, at worst it might have been misinformation given to the sheriff during his interim,” said Burns.

Burns said he interviewed 11 people, including current and former county commissioners during the two month investigation.  He said he found the policy in 2006 was that the Sheriff could either drive a county car and use a county gas card, or keep his personal car and be reimbursed for the mileage.

The Sheriff kept his personal car, but used the county gas card. Burns said no misconduct was found on the Sheriff’s part despite that.

Sheriff Knezovich paid back every cent he spent on the gas card, which is something Burns said he did not need to do.

“We found that once it was brought to the Sheriff’s attention that it may have been inappropriate use of funds, he promptly reimbursed the county $372 for gasoline spent in his personal car doing county business,” said Burns.

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