MONMOUTH, Ore. (AP) - Jim Brooks, the former King
City police chief who was accused of using fake names
on forms for years, has lost his badge.
A state board of police officers, firefighters and
other public safety workers voted unanimously Thursday
to take that action against Brooks.
"If your integrity and honesty is in question, you
have no business being a police officer," John
Courtney, police chief of La Grande and a board
member, said after the 16-0 vote.
The vote came after the board read a February
report from the Oregon Department of Justice that
revealed Brooks has used 12 variations of his name,
six birth dates, nine Social Security numbers and five
birthplaces on official forms.
The report also said that Brooks, 56, bought
property he lives on near Sherwood under a fake name
and that he was arrested in Oregon, Wyoming and
California on weapons and forgery charges.
Brooks was fired by the King City Council about two
weeks after the report was presented.
Brooks' attorney, William Aring Meyer, said he
would appeal the ruling by the Board on Public Safety
Standards and Training.
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If an appeal fails, Brooks could reapply for
certification after four years.