The Tulelake Police Department is back to full strength.
Police Chief Tony Ross and officer Misti Stradley returned to work last week after a special meeting of the Tulelake City Council on Sept. 10. Ross, who is under investigation for unspecified charges by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office, was earlier exonerated of charges by the council, which conducted its own investigation. He returned to work to handle administrative-only duties until the most recent special session. The joint FBI-Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office investigation, however, remains unresolved.
Ross and Stradley had been on paid administrative leave for more than two months. Mayor Randy Darrow previously said Stradley was not under investigation but was placed on leave because the FBI and Siskiyou County removed the department’s computers, servers, video cameras and other items as part of their investigation.
During the special meeting, the council also terminated its contract for police services with the county sheriff’s department, which had cost the city $600 a day for 12 hours of daily law enforcement services.