Major Fellows' Investigation Released
Published August 14th, 2014
An internal investigation into a Major at the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office reveals severe breakdowns in communication in the upper chain of command.
Though originally she said she didn’t want to point fingers, Sheriff Sadie Darnell brought a complaint against Major Mike Fellows for failing to do his job.
She alleged that Fellows failed to supervise former Captain Keith Vermillion, and then didn’t report Vermillion’s misbehavior to her or her chief deputy.
But Fellows’ testimony during his investigation indicates he doesn’t see it that way.
He said the sheriff had opportunities to realize there were problems with Vermillion.
He specifically wanted one question asked of witnesses: "Do you feel that the anonymous letter given to the Sheriff on March 6, 2013's supervisor/administrator meeting was a reach for help by the supervisors and the sheriff failed to act?"
The Sheriff wrote that she intends to demote Fellows for failing to do his job, pending an informal appeal next week.
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