Six months later, jail investigation continues |

Six months later, jail investigation continues

Six months after a closed-door investigation began into allegations regarding the Nevada County jail, the facility’s top administrator remains on paid administrative leave.

Capt. Kenneth Duncan was placed on leave in mid-November, while the county hired a consultant to conduct the investigation.

Sheriff Keith Royal said he could not reveal the nature of the allegations, the name of the company contracted to investigate them or the amount of money the county agreed to pay for the work because personnel matters are confidential by law.

However, Royal did say he expected the work to conclude in 30 to 60 days. He also said he expected Duncan’s wife, Nevada County employee Susan Duncan, to return by the end of this week to her position as coordinator of spiritual and 12-Step programs at the Wayne Brown Correctional Facility.

Early in the investigation, Susan Duncan was transferred to a position in the county.

In the meantime, Capt. Duncan has continued to draw his salary. According to public records, Sheriff’s captains earn between $4,882 and $6,873 per month. That means the county has spent at least $29,300 on Duncan’s salary while the investigation keeps him sidelined.

Paid leave is considered a neutral status, implying no wrong-doing, and is normal in cases of an investigation, county Counsel Robert Schulman said.

The Union has received several anonymous communications regarding the investigation. None of the letters could be independently verified. However, they include both allegations of impropriety on the part of the Duncans and allegations that the Duncans have been the victims of a few disgruntled employees.

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