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The public hearing portion of the decertification case against Carbon County's sheriff ended Wednesday with the sheriff admitting he had an affair with a dispatcher and then lied about it to investigators.

Although the admission, which came in the form of a stipulation, or agreement by both sides on certain facts in the case, ended the public hearings for now, the administrative process that could lead to revocation or suspension of Sheriff Barry R. Bryner's credentials will continue.The Peace Officers Standards and Training Council is reviewing allegations against the sheriff filed in an administrative complaint following a lengthy POST investigation.

The stipulation, signed by POST investigator William Flink and Bryner's attorney, Ronald J. Yengich, alleges misconduct by the sheriff, 40, with a former employee of the sheriff's department.

One count in the complaint, alleging that Bryner failed to investigate an incident of alleged evidence-tampering in a drunken driving case, was dismissed.

Several other allegations relating to Bryner's performance as a peace officer, some dating to his time as a deputy under former sheriff Ross Horsley, were not part of the stipulation agreement. These included allegations that he drove a patrol car too fast and improperly fired a service revolver while investigating a prowler incident.

The stipulation allows written statements and depositions to be entered as evidence without witnesses taking the stand to testify. Only two of the 40 expected witnesses in the case testified during the public hearing. Both appeared Monday. The hearing was then postponed while attorneys worked out the agreement, which was announced Wednesday afternoon.

Flink has until Feb. 24 and Yengich until March 24 to file legal briefs.