West Linn police chief retires after DUII investigations find no fireable offenses

WEST LINN, Ore. — Terry Timeus will retire as police chief of the West Linn Police Department after an internal investigation into allegations of drunken driving found no reason to fire Timeus.

A press release from the City of West Linn said Timeus and the city "mutually agreed to part ways."

Earlier this month, the Washington County District Attorney's Office said it wouldn't charge Timeus with driving under the influence of intoxicants in an off-duty encounter with city officers in May. The district attorney's office said it didn't find enough evidence to prove the allegation beyond a reasonable doubt.

BACKGROUND

Senior Deputy District Attorney Bracken McKey wrote in a memo earlier this month that officers in the case didn't describe any impaired driving, didn't do field sobriety tests or blood alcohol tests.

The officers said the chief had glassy or bloodshot eyes and slurred his words when he drove up to them May 16 as they were picking up dinner during their shift.

Timeus, who has 34 years in law enforcement. was named interim chief of the West Linn Police Department in 2005. During his time with the department, Timeus oversaw the construction of a new police station.

"It was an honor to be part of a great department and community," Timeus said. "I will miss going to the office and interacting with the citizens of West Linn."

"I want to thank Chief Timeus for his many accomplishments as Chief of Police of the West Linn Police Department," said City Manager Eileen Stein. "We truly wish him and his family all the best during retirement."

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