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Police chief reprimanded for misplacing firearm

Jerry Martin

Walt Vanatta

Craig Police Chief Walt Vanatta received a letter of reprimand last week from the Craig Police Department after leaving his department-issued weapon inside a bathroom in the Moffat County Public Safety Center.

"It was absolutely unintentional, but it is what it is," Vanatta said of the incident, which occurred Jan. 30.

A Moffat County Jail inmate recovered the weapon and turned it into jail staffers.

Vanatta said he apologized to "everyone in the building" for the incident.

The police chief said he delegated investigation to one of his commanders, who investigated it like he would have if anyone else was involved.

"He did his investigation and I was issued a letter of reprimand, which was justified because it was a careless act," Vanatta said.

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The investigation is now closed, Vanatta said.

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