Sheriff’s detective placed on administrative leave pending investigation

Deputy Sheriff Kevin Harper, currently assigned as a detective in the Major Crimes Unit, has been placed on paid administrative leave as the result of allegations of misconduct. These allegations, if sustained, would constitute violations of sheriff’s office policies and could also result in criminal charges.


Sheriff Chuck Atkins has requested assistance from the Washington State Patrol’s Criminal Investigations Division in conducting the investigation into these allegations. Concurrently, Prosecuting Attorney Tony Golik has requested the state Attorney General’s office assistance in prosecuting the case if criminal charges are warranted.


“I take allegations of misconduct very seriously,” said Sheriff Chuck Atkins. “We are acting quickly and aggressively to address these issues. I will not tolerate the type of behavior which has been alleged”


In order to protect the integrity of the investigation, and to allow the state patrol investigators to conduct an independent investigation, the Clark County Sheriff’s Office will not release any additional information until after the investigation is completed.


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Ken Vance got his start in the newspaper industry in 1987 as a reporter at The Columbian Newspaper in Vancouver. Vance graduated from Stevenson High School in Stevenson, WA, and attended Clark College in Vancouver. He worked for The Columbian from 1987-2001. He was most recently a staff member of The Reflector Newspaper in Battle Ground, where he served as editor since 2010 and reporter since 2007. Vance’s work in the newspaper industry has won him multiple awards, including a first place award from the Society of Professional Journalists for in-depth reporting.

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