Hailey Police Chief Jeff Gunter is under investigation for undisclosed reasons, the city announced on Wednesday. Gunter has been placed on paid administrative leave.
City Councilwoman Kaz Thea said Wednesday that Gunter is under investigation based on an “anonymous complaint,” but provided no further details.
Blaine County Sherriff Steve Harkins said Thursday that the Sheriff’s Office was not involved in the investigation. An Idaho State Police spokesperson declined to comment.
“There are protocols to follow when sensitive issues arise,” Mayor Martha Burke said in a statement. “I am following those proper procedures.”
Contacted by the Idaho Mountain Express, Burke declined to comment Tuesday night. She is not taking on-camera interviews or further discussing the case, according to City Administrator Heather Dawson.
“There is nothing to report at this juncture except that [Burke] is doing what is required on behalf of the city,” Dawson said in a statement. “More information will be available in due course and upon further notice.”
Assistant Police Chief Steve England is acting chief of police, Dawson told the Express. England also declined to comment on Tuesday evening.
Gunter started working for the Hailey Police Department in the early 1990s. He became a lieutenant in 2000, and unsuccessfully ran for Blaine County sheriff in 2004. Gunter was appointed Hailey’s chief of police in 2007.
Additional reporting by Alejandra Buitrago and Mark Dee.