Hailey Police Chief Jeff Gunter remained on paid administrative leave as of Thursday and continues to be investigated by the Idaho State Police.
Hailey City Administrator Heather Dawson declined give further details as to why or for how long Gunter will be on administrative leave. Idaho State Police also confirmed Thursday that Gunter remains under investigation, but shared no details.
Hailey Mayor Martha Burke announced on Jan. 29 in a press release that she had placed Gunter on paid administrative leave but did not divulge why and is not speaking to the press, stating in the release that she is following protocol. City Councilwoman Kaz Thea told the Mountain Express on Jan. 29 that Gunter is under investigation based on an “anonymous complaint,” but provided no further details.
On Thursday morning, the Idaho Attorney General’s Office confirmed that it also received an anonymous complaint regarding Gunter. The office passed that information to Hailey City Attorney Chris Simms according to a spokesman. Simms has also not commented on why Gunter is on administrative leave.
Assistant Police Chief Steve England, who has stepped in as chief in Gunter’s absence, said on Thursday that he was not authorized to speak on personnel matters but added that he would normally take over the position of chief in Gunter’s absence, whether that be a vacation absence or otherwise.
Gunter started working for the Hailey Police Department in the early 1990s. He became lieutenant in 2000, and unsuccessfully ran for Blaine County sheriff in 2004. He was appointed Hailey’s chief of police in 2007.