ROY -- The police chief placed on administrative leave just after his divorce is finalized has become a funnel cloud of small town politics and soap opera mixed with anonymous email.
Which leaves city officials declining to comment on whether the investigation under way of Chief Greg Whinham is tied to a complaint made to the state division of Police Officers Standards and Training.
That despite the fact POST has tossed the complaint, declining to investigate.
Whinham was placed on paid leave last week after multiple anonymous emails to Roy City Council members, Mayor Joe Ritchie confirmed Tuesday night. An outside agency is investigating.
On Wednesday he and City Manager Chris Davis released some additional detail -- that the Layton City Attorney's Office is the agency, specifically Assistant City Attorney Steve Garside. Also the alleged misconduct in the emails is noncriminal. And the investigation could be done as soon as Friday.
"I look at it as rumor control," Ritchie said of making some level of public announcement.
But they declined any further comment on the nature of the allegations, or whether they are linked to the discarded POST complaint.
Nor is the city council commenting. "We've agreed as a council that all comments on any investigations go through (the city administration)" said council veteran Dave Tafoya. "Unfortunately, I've got no comment."
Whinham has also declined comment.
Former Roy Police detective Bart Thompson filed the complaint June 14, alleging Whinham has had an affair with one of his employees.
That only a few days after Whinham's divorce of his wife of 20-plus years became final.
POST spokesman Dwayne Baird said Major Scott Stephenson, POST director, met with his captain and lieutenant to review the three-page complaint.
"It took no time at all to determine that we were not going to get involved in this," Baird said. "We are not the morality police."
There was a time when POST would investigate allegations of extramarital affairs, he said, but that ended years ago.
Thompson, now an insurance investigator, was forced to resign, unfairly, he said, by Whinham several years ago after nearly 15 years with the department. He admits he may have an axe to grind.
Thompson said in an interview with the Standard-Examiner that it is believed Whinham had sexual contact on duty. But his complaint filed with POST only hints at that, asking POST to seal Whinham's office to preserve evidence. It reads: "Text messages ... might disclose if any sexual misconduct took place on duty."
But the most interesting turn in the drama is that of the assumed injured party -- Whinham's newly divorced ex-wife, Cindy.
"I'd be one mad honcho if I thought I'd been cheated on," she said. "All this talk about an affair offends me. It's just not the case."
She said the divorce has been an amicable one, completed in 18 days. She has received her equity in the home they shared, she said, and she's moving out. "We just realized one day we're not in love ... we're getting on with our lives."
What she calls a smear campaign against her ex is spearheaded, she believes, by an influential city employee who has butted heads with Whinham over the years.
She didn't want to name names because that would be the same kind of gossip-mongering that's hurting her ex.
She laughed out loud at the thought of him engaged in sexual misconduct.
"It's personalities, not politics, since Greg has never been identified with either political party," she said.