Deputy Dennis Cotner reportedly destroyed two pieces of evidence and did not deposit bass tournament registration money on time.
A Fayette County DARE officer has resigned after he was found to have violated administrative policies. Sheriff Vernon Stanforth said Deputy Dennis Cotner was placed on administrative leave on March 22nd after he was asked to locate a watch and bracelet in the property room but said he destroyed them since he could not find the owner; this action was inappropriate, Standforth said.
Later that day, Sheriff Stanforth said his office found that Cotner had not deposited some of the registration money for a DARE bass tournament.
While Cotner has since deposited the money in question, the Sheriff said office policy states Cotner should have deposited the money they day he received it.
Cotner, who has worked for the Fayette County Sheriff's Office since 1994, submitted his resignation on March 26th.
Sheriff Stanforth said, as of now, there is no indication of criminal activity in the case, so no charges have been filed; however, the information will be forwarded to the Prosecutor's Office for review.