Spokane deputy resigns amid investigation into ‘inappropriate relationships’

Deputy Daryl Smith
Credit: Spokane County Sheriff's Office

SPOKANE, Wash. — A Spokane County Sheriff’s Office deputy has resigned amid allegations he had “innapropriate relationships” with two people.

According to a release, Daryl Smith was accused of having an inappropriate relationship with someone he met on a domestic violence call and with a noncommissioned county employee.

Corporal Mark Gregory said an internal investigation was initiated and Smith has already resigned. The relationships were reported to be consensual, but the internal investigation was launched to determine if Smith’s actions violated any office policies.

Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich reviewed the Office of Professional Standards report and determined Smith violated several office violations including standards of conduct, nepotism and conflicting relationships, personal communication devices and vehicle use.

“He did the right thing. He didn’t want to erode the public’s trust or further damage his family, friends, or the Sheriff’s Office by dragging this out through a prologned investigation,” said Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich.