Posted: Sep 3, 2013 5:28 PM by MTN News
HELENA - New details have been released surrounding the sudden retirement of Montana Highway Patrol chief Kenton Hickethier.
Hickethier's retirement was announced Friday by the Motnana Department of Justice.
They cited "inappropriate remarks" as the reason for his retirement and a spokesperson for the Department of Justice told us on Tuesday that these incidents occurred before he was made chief and were not disclosed to them during the appointment process.
The department told us there is currently a complaint filed against Hickethier through the Montana Department of Labor & Industry that brought the two former internal complaints to light for the Department of Justice.
The department maintains that the decision to retire was completely up to Hickethier.
In a press release from the Montana Department of Justice, Hickethier said: "I regret that I have made inappropriate remarks to subordinates that have compromised my ability to effectively lead Montana's Highway Patrol by example. Therefore, I have chosen to retire from the Patrol. I am sorry for these mistakes and any harm they may have brought to Montana's finest law enforcement agency, which has been the center of my life for the last 28 years."
Colonel Hickethier is currently on leave status until his retirement date of September 30th.
Hickethier was appointed as chief of the Montana Highway Patrol by Montana Attorney General Tim Fox in January 2013.
He was promoted to the rank of colonel and sworn in to his job on February 1, 2013; he has served with the MHP for more than 27 years.