Sheriff’s department confirms drinking inside Columbia County DA’s office
PORTAGE, Wis. — The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office confirmed to News 3 Now that there was alcohol use inside the Columbia County District Attorney’s office. This information comes one day after the DA’s office shut down Monday. A sign posted on the window blamed short staffing.
The sheriff’s department said it investigated the office in February following allegations of drinking. The sheriff’s office confirmed there was alcohol use inside the department. The behavior violates county ordinances but does not rise to the level of a crime. The investigation was turned over to the Columbia County Department of Human Resources.
News 3 Now first told you about staffing issues within the DA’s office in March. An assistant district attorney and victim’s witness position were both vacant. When questioned about behavior within the office Columbia County District Attorney Tristan Eagon would not deny drinking inside the department.
Eagon was appointed by the former Gov. Scott Walker’s administration. She assumed the role in January. Calls to her phone went straight to her voicemail. Eagon resigned in a letter dated Tuesday. The DA’s office remains closed Tuesday. However, a clerk said court proceedings are unaffected.
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