Dublin Villager

Lt. DeJarnette on paid leave during investigation


A Dublin police officer has been placed on administrative leave as the department investigates an alleged violation of department values.

Lt. John DeJarnette was placed on paid administrative leave recently as police officials conduct an internal investigation regarding his performance of his official duties.

"Lt. John DeJarnette was placed on paid administrative leave on Thursday, May 29, 2014, pending an internal administrative investigation," a statement from Dublin Chief Heinz von Eckartsberg said.

"The investigation will focus on an alleged violation of division of police work rules. As this is a pending personnel issue, no other details will be made available at this time."

The investigation into DeJarnette's duties is not criminal, city officials said.

The allegations against DeJarnette say that between December 2013 and May, 29, 2014, he violated work rules by associating "with persons of immoral or questionable character, to wit: On several know(n) occasions associate with known convicted felons currently active in the trafficking of illegal drugs, a violation of section 26.1.1B(5) of the Dublin Division of Police General Orders, as well as a violation of General Order 1.1.2; violating the division's core values of professionalism and integrity," a news release from the city said.

DeJarnette has been with the Dublin Police Department since 1993 and serves as Operations Bureau Commander.

Jodi Andes, Dublin senior public information officer, said Lt. Rodney Barnes is filling in for DeJarnette during the investigation.

Andes was unsure of how long the investigation will take, but said it would be conducted by an outside agency.