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North Plains officer is on leave, under investigation

A North Plains police officer and part-time deputy with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) is under investigation and has been placed on administrative leave, the Hillsboro Tribune has learned.

Sgt. Bob Ray, spokesman for the WCSO, confirmed that Officer Jody Petersen — who lives in Woodland, Wash. — is under investigation and on leave from both of her jobs. According to Ray, Petersen is a part-time deputy with the WCSO who transports arrested individuals to jail.

Petersen had only been on the county job for seven days and last worked for WCSO on Sept. 22, according to Ray.

“After the investigation is complete, we’ll be looking at whether there were any policy or procedural violations,” said Ray.

Bill Mahoney, interim chief of the City of Woodland Police Department, said Wednesday morning that his agency was conducting an investigation into allegations connected to Petersen’s personal life. He would not comment further on the nature of the inquiry, but said no charges had been filed and no arrests had been made.

It’s unknown when the inquiry will wrap up.

Meanwhile, North Plains Police Chief William Snyder and City Manager Martha DeBry were both tight-lipped about the situation. They confirmed Petersen is on administrative leave, but would not confirm she is under investigation.

According to DeBry, Petersen is a full-time officer with North Plains, which also has a part-time officer, Matt Glem — who replaced Officer Tim Thurber after he retired earlier this fall — and seven reserve officers who serve as unpaid volunteers. The reserve officers, said DeBry, each put in 16 hours spread across the month.

DeBry said that even with Petersen on leave, the North Plains department has adequate police staffing.

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