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VOTE IS UNANIMOUS TO DECERTIFY BRYNER
16-MEMBER PEACE OFFICERS' PANEL CITES SEXUAL MISCONDUCT, DUI INCIDENT

The Peace Officers Standard and Training Council voted unanimously Thursday to decertify suspended Carbon County Sheriff Barry Bryner.

POST Director Clyde Palmer said the 16-member board discussed Bryner's case for only 20 minutes before deciding to agree with the recommendations of Administrative Law Judge Keith L. Stoney.Stoney was appointed to review the case and recommended Bryner be stripped of his certification as a Utah peace officer.

Palmer said the decision was based on a stipulation made by Bryner and his attorney, Ron Yengich, in a hearing last February.

In the stipulation, Bryner admitted to sexual indiscretions while on duty and admitted to lying about extramarital sexual relations.

Bryner, 40, was suspended from his duties Feb. 23 by the Carbon County Commission. He was also charged in February with driving under the influence of alcohol and evading an officer.

The latter charges stemmed from a high-speed chase near Price. Bryner's car was wrecked near Price and Bryner was apprehended nearby. Police reports indicate he held officers at bay for nearly two hours before he surrendered. He faces a trial on the criminal charges in September.

During a hearing earlier this week, Bryner denied 18 allegations of malfeasance in office and 7th District Judge Boyd Bunnell scheduled a Sept. 13 trial in that case. He faces a July trial on the DUI and evading an officer counts.

Palmer was to send Bryner a notice of decertification on Friday. Carbon County Attorney Gene Strate also was to file a petition to have Bryner removed from office.

Palmer said even though there is a Utah law that requires sheriffs and other peace officers be certified by POST, he expects Bryner and his attorney to challenge the council's decision in court.

Bryner had previously been suspended by POST and was the target of a lengthy investigation. Allegations included that he tampered with evidence; misused public money; discriminated against certain employees and engaged in unprofessional conduct with members of his department.

He was ousted from the Utah Sheriff's Association in February.

Yengich said while he had not seen the council's decision, it would be safe to say he and his client would "take the next legal step and challenge this decision."