by nathan oster
Sgt. Shannon Armstrong has left the Greybull Police Department.
Chief Bill Brenner said Armstrong’s last day with the department was Nov. 5. He would not go into specifics about why Armstrong resigned, saying only that it was a personnel matter and could not comment.
Armstrong spent seven years with the GPD.
In fact, Brenner noted that Armstrong was the last holdover from his original group of hirings, which occurred after the department was re-established.
Brenner said Armstrong was “a very valued employee” who whose contributions went far beyond the time he spent patrolling the street.
“He donated a lot of time to this town,” said Brenner.
Armstrong had risen to the rank of sergeant, a notch below Brenner on the department’s organizational chart. Brenner will now handle those responsibilities, in addition to his own, until another sergeant is promoted.
As of Monday, the department hadn’t received a written letter of resignation from Armstrong, and for that reason, it was holding off on advertising for his replacement. It will begin shortly, Brenner said.
The GPD now has four officers, counting Brenner. The others are Greg Hess, Sean Alquist and Brent Casey.
Armstrong had also been serving as the department’s K-9 handler. With Santana getting up in age, the council decided two years ago to transfer ownership of the dog to Armstrong, so he will get to keep his four-legged friend.
Brenner said he plans to push for the town to get another drug dog. “A dog is a valuable tool that we use to combat illegal drugs in our community,” he said. “I don’t feel like we can do without one.”