Cody police officer dismissed

2011-05-24T14:00:00Z 2011-05-24T23:23:46Z Cody police officer dismissedBy MARTIN KIDSTON Gazette Wyoming Bureau The Billings Gazette

CODY, Wyo. -- A veteran officer of the Cody Police Department has been dismissed from duty and is expected to appeal before the Cody City Council.

The reasons behind the dismissal of Cody Police Officer Vince Vanata were unclear Tuesday, though several City Council members acknowledged that the officer had been relieved of duty.

Charles Cloud, a Ward 1 council member, said he didn't have many details on Vanata's dismissal, though he did say he was told of it about 10 days ago.

"We don't have any information other than he was let go," Cloud said. "We got an email saying there was an investigation, but they didn't even tell us who the officer was. When the city administrator made that decision, she simply said he was let go."

Cody City Administrator Jenni Rosencranse said Tuesday that she couldn't discuss the issue, saying it was a personnel issue between Vanata and the city.

Emails among city officials are considered public record, but Rosencranse, again citing personnel issues, said the city wouldn't release the email it sent to council members.

Stan Wolz, a Ward 3 council member, said he was also aware of Vanata's dismissal.

Wolz said the city council will serve as the final appeals board in Vanata's case. Therefore, he said, the council hasn't received much information regarding Vanata's release.

"We've not been given any details about anything at this point," Wolz said. "We have to wait until they go through the appeals process. I don't have any information on what happened that he was let go."

Cody Police Chief Perry Rockvam failed to return phone calls on Tuesday.

Vanata and his wife, Jona, who ran unsuccessfully for a second term on the Cody City Council, have lived in Cody since 2002.

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