LEWISTON, ID -- A former undersheriff claims he was let go by the Nez Perce County Sheriff for helping write two complaints against the sheriff. Those complaints are under investigation by Idaho Human Rights Commission.
LEW News Reporter Armen Araradian has been working to track down these documents.
On November 26 KLEW News submitted a public request for those two complaints. Our request was denied by the Nez Perce County Prosecutor’s Office. The details of the complaints are not public. The denial cites Idaho code 74-124 parts A, B, and C. That code protects the victims of an alleged human rights violation from the public eye.
The Idaho Human Rights Commission has confirmed with us that two complaints exist, but they would not disclose any details nor their nature. The complaints are investigative, and therefore, protected by law.
The Idaho Human rights Commission is legally exempt from any public records requests, per Idaho state code.
Former Undersheriff Bryce Scrimsher told the Lewiston Morning Tribune he was involved in helping the two sheriff’s office employees file the complaints with the Idaho Human Rights Commission.
KLEW news have not been able to independently verify that information as we have not spoken with Scrimsher. He was fired one week ago Tuesday.
Sheriff Rodriguez denied our request for an on-camera interview citing on advice of legal counsel but he told the paper the agency was moving in another direction.