Officer Kristin Bantle put on paid leave |

Officer Kristin Bantle put on paid leave

Matt Stensland

— Kristin Bantle, the police officer who lost her job as the Steamboat Springs school resource officer, has been placed on paid administrative leave.

City Manager Deb Hinsvark said she was briefed by interim police chief Jerry DeLong on Wednesday morning.

“Due to some new information that we have and subsequent investigation that is following officer Kristin Bantle has been placed on paid administrative leave,” Hinsvark said.

DeLong said he could not comment because it was a personnel matter.

Bantle also said she could not comment.

Following an internal investigation by the police department, Bantle was told June 8 she would no longer serve as the school resource officer. She was reassigned to the patrol division.

The investigation was the result of complaints made by Sheriff Garrett Wiggins and a deputy who have children in the Steamboat schools.

Wiggins and the deputy were concerned by Bantle’s conduct in the schools. The conduct involved Bantle’s use of language during an anti-bullying class. It also involved some stories Bantle told students related to her career as a police officer.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland

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