BRIGHAM CITY -- The investigation into the alleged assault by Brigham City Mayor Dennis Fife against City Councilwoman Ruth Jensen is now in the hands of the Tremonton city attorney.
"We have asked Tremonton city police department to do the investigation into it, as well as the Tremonton city attorney to prosecute it as a special prosecutor for Brigham City if need be," said Kirk Morgan, Brigham City attorney.
The day after the alleged assault, Morgan contacted Brigham City Police Chief Paul Tittensor to discuss how to best investigate the incident.
Because city officials are involved and the incident occurred at a Box Elder County Commission meeting, they felt it needed to be handled by an independent, outside party.
"When there is a conflict of interest, we usually have the sheriff's department investigate that, but we didn't think that it was appropriate in this case," Morgan said.
"Since that time, they have sent an investigator out, and he has done investigations and interviews, and his initial investigation is complete. It has been forwarded to the Tremonton city prosecutor for review," Morgan said.
At Thursday night's city council meeting, Morgan reminded council members and attendees that the investigation is still open and ongoing until the Tremonton city prosecutor is finished.
Even though the case is still under investigation, this has not stopped the public from mailing their opinions to Jensen.
She said one of the letters was positive, but the rest were negative in regard to her court filing against the mayor. Apparently, it is not only the alleged assaulter who is under scrutiny, but also the alleged victim, she said.
Morgan made his closing statements by saying, "I encourage every one of the city officials and staff involved, if you have any questions, concerns or additional comments, please make those to the official law enforcement agencies involved and refrain from making any outside or public comments that might inhibit, impede or interfere with what's going on with the investigation."
Jensen filed a police report alleging Fife assaulted her by grabbing her arm during a disagreement after a Box Elder County Commission meeting June 12.
She said Fife grabbed her arm and held her in place while yelling at her.
Fife said Jensen walked up next to him and yelled at him, saying he called her a liar. Without thinking, Fife placed his hand on her arm.
"She immediately said, 'Don't touch me. Don't ever touch me,'" Fife said. "There was no intent to harm her, and I didn't grab her."
Fife said he and Jensen have a history of disagreements.
"She's had strong animosity toward me for a long time. If she doesn't get her way, she's very belligerent."