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Candidate for sheriff retires during internal investigation

Deputy Dave Fuller, on paid leave since May 18, leaves post after 29 years


A deputy challenging Columbia County Sheriff Jeff Dickerson in November’s election retired last week in the midst of an internal investigation.

Deputy Dave Fuller turned in his retirement papers on Sept. 5, according to Columbia County Undersheriff Andy Moyer.

However, Fuller’s name is still on the ballot for the Nov. 6 race, meaning he is still in the running against Dickerson, according to the county’s elections office.by: CCSO - Former Columbia County Sheriff's Office Deputy Dave Fuller

Fuller, who has been employed by the sheriff’s office for 29 years, had been on paid administrative leave since May 18 following an Oregon State Police investigation into a single-vehicle car accident that occurred early in the morning on April 1. OSP Lt. Gregg Hastings said Fuller had been cited for failing to report that accident.

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, meanwhile, ordered an internal personnel investigation into Fuller.

“We were unable to fully complete the investigation,” Moyer said, but added they were close to wrapping it up when Fuller retired.

Neither Moyer nor Dickerson would discuss the internal investigation further.

Since Fuller retired while under investigation, whatever reports or information investigators have gathered will likely be forwarded to the Oregon Department of Public Safety, Standards and Training. According to Moyer, the sheriff’s office must notify the state department when an officer leaves the agency for any reason.

It is not clear at this time if the investigation or Fuller’s retirement will affect his ability to run as sheriff. The Department of Public Safety did not return calls for comment by The Spotlight’s deadline.

Fuller also did not return a call for comment.