ROY -- In the latest spin of "As Roy Turns," the former police chief has married the employee he was accused of having an affair with, and the ex-wife has recanted her blessing.
The seeming soap opera debuted in June when Chief Greg Whinham announced his divorce had been finalized. Then word of the alleged affair led to a complaint to the state division of Police Officers Standards and Training. By the end of the month, Whinham was placed on administrative leave by the city council, members citing anonymous email complaints.
That action came despite the fact that POST tossed the complaint, saying the agency stopped investigating officers' alleged extramarital affairs years ago.
And at that time Whinham's ex-wife, Cindy, went to the media to say there was no affair.
Her tune changed this week.
"Please quit using my lies in the paper," she told the Standard-Examiner.
She and other sources confirmed Whinham, 55, had married the 27-year-old police records clerk, Kristan Lindstrom. He bought the marriage license July 18, the day after he resigned as chief.
City officials and Whinham have declined to release any details of the investigations or the complaints that led to his resignation. The city had commissioned its own independent investigation by a Layton prosecutor, now moot with Whinham out.
All they've ever said is that it amounted to multiple allegations, not just an alleged affair, and involved nothing criminal.
Cindy Whinham said this week it was her husband's idea for her to contact the media to debunk the affair rumor, to save the feelings of family members.
"I just don't want any more lies," she said. "I don't go to bat for him anymore. I don't want anybody to think his ex-wife is supporting him, because I'm not ... I was just trying to protect people I love. It would be fair to say I've always tried to do what I could to keep Greg from getting mad."
She said Whinham and his new wife began a texting relationship last fall, with Whinham being open about it, describing it as helping a struggling divorced mother. But by March, she said, it became romantic, something she discovered in June in emails she said her ex-husband didn't know she found. "It's my cheat file."
Whinham on Wednesday was defiant about the new marriage. "So I got married, so (expletive) what?"
He referred to those making the complaints that led to his resignation as dishonest, anonymous cowards.
Whinham had been Roy's police chief since 2001, appointed after four years as a lieutenant. He had served nearly 29 years with the department.
Which makes for enemies when disciplining officers, he said. "There's an old adage: A police chief only needs a bulletproof vest for his back."
Of the anonymous complaints about him, he waxed profoundly:
"Anonymous people who hide in the shadows in a cowardly fashion to destroy other people, whoever they are, I hope they can live with themselves. I can become a better person. They will not."
His only complaint with the city's handling of things is the weight given whistleblowers.
"It gives credibility to those in the shadows ... the scale tips in favor of people who are far less honest than those they are attacking."
Whinham steadfastly denied any affair took place with Lindstrom. Noting that city policy says supervisors "should not" date employees, he said his one mistake was reporting to city administrators his first date with Lindstrom following his divorce the day after the date took place, not before. Lindstrom resigned from city employment before he did.
City Manager Chris Davis confirmed the city workplace relationship policy wording and Lindstrom's departure, but said he couldn't comment further because of statutes governing personnel matters.
Cindy Whinham said her ex still maintains there was nothing physical to his relationship with Lindstrom before their July 19 wedding, even though he had already moved Lindstrom in with him after she moved out.
She was surprised that he slept in a trailer at his parents' house until the wedding, which Whinham said was only proper.
"I'm not accountable to anyone but myself and my God, and I am fine with both," Whinham said. "I've tried to do everything I possibly could the right way."