Investigation into suspended deputy’s conduct coming to a close


An investigation into the conduct of a Delaware County sheriff’s deputy, who was placed on paid leave last year for alleged drunken behavior, is expected to conclude soon, department officials say.

Officials from the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday that the months-long investigation into the conduct of Sgt. Jon Burke would be drawing to a close in the next few weeks.

Burke has been on paid administrative leave pending an investigation since July 17, 2015.

On July 17, Sheriff Russell Martin sent Burke a letter, informing him that he was being placed on leave.

“A decision has been made to place you on paid administrative leave, effective July 17, 2015, as a result of our concern regarding your recent behavior,” Martin writes in the letter. “It has been brought to our attention that you have been alleged to be drunk in public, rowdy and possibly driving after drinking.”

Martin said Burke is not permitted to act in an official capacity of a Delaware County Sheriff’s Office employee and was ordered to turn over his badge, handgun, keys and other equipment until the investigation is resolved.

Burke was still on paid leave Thursday.

By Glenn Battishill

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Glenn Battishill can be reached at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @BattishillDG.

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