ALPENA, MICH — Former Alpena County Undersheriff, Terry King, sent out a response this morning regarding his resignation. King was placed on administrative leave, prior to resigning on Monday.
He says he was given two options: step down or be terminated.
One of the issues addressed in king’s release involves his concern with the level of monitoring of a local tethering company.
King says he wrote a letter to judge Michael Mack addressing this matter. The letter then fell into the hands of a competitor, and King was later required to get approval before sending any further correspondence.
King also came under fire for reporting civilian use of a police scanner. He says when he was made aware an employee of the prosecutor’s office had been using the scanner for calls, he spoke with the 911 Director about his concerns. After the topic was addressed in a sheriff’s meeting, he says he was instructed to leave the issue alone, even though these were clear violations of state and federal law.
King was also accused of advising the husband of a suspect involved in an incident at Ella White that his wife should not participate in a polygraph test. He says two investigations into the matter found no proof was ever said, and he has never instructed anyone under investigation not to take a polygraph test.
King closes the release by saying,
“At no time did I violate any office policies or break any state or federal laws. God willing, I look forward to the privilege of serving as your next sheriff and continuing my work.”