For a little over a year now, I have read articles about what has been said that I had done. Although Officer Webster and I talked about Mr. Avery Grochow’s statements that we should put a tape recorder in the Chamber Office because Council Members were discussing council business, that is as far as it went. I have not had the opportunity to have my voice heard until now. A council member, at my termination meeting, brought up the cigarette incident involving our foster son back in 2002. Let it be known that I didn’t lie about it at that time and I’m not lying now.
Fact #1 – I didn’t tell Officer Webster to borrow a tape recorder from the Glencoe Police Department nor did I speak with anyone from that department about a tape recorder.
Fact #2 – I never asked or told Officer Webster that I would get him a key nor did I get him a key from Lori Waltz or her desk.
Fact #3 – At no time did I tell or authorize Officer Webster to put any tape recorder into the Chamber Office.
Fact #4 – Officer Webster told the investigator that I told him to lie when, in fact, I told him he was to tell the investigator whatever he needed to and after he lied to the investigator he then told him what he needed to in order to save his job.
Some people don’t want to believe facts, but rather just believe what they want to even if it’s wrong.
There are many people who have been behind me through this whole ordeal and I appreciate it very much. There are also many who wonder why I have to fight for my job while Officer Webster is back on the street. Then there are others who make statements without knowing all of the facts. There was a quote I heard the other day and it may apply here.
They should change the Pledge of Allegiance from “Liberty and Justice for all” to “Liberty and Justice for some who make a deal.”
When this ordeal started I had 4 1/2 years until retirement from Law Enforcement. Does anyone really think that I would do something illegal that would affect my retirement? I only hope that I will be able to serve the citizens of Gaylord for the last 3 1/2 years of my career.
Dale L. Roiger