“Upon advising Mr. Heck of the apparent theft, Mr. Heck asked the investigators to conduct a full investigation,” said Heck’s office in an email response to questions.
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Heck’s office referred questions about why they conducted their own investigation to O’Brien.
O’Brien responded that he was not concerned about any conflict of interest with Heck’s office investigating its own employee.
“The investigators are experienced investigators who have white collar crime experience who did a professional job,” O’Brien said “There was no concern about bias as the criminality was apparent, the suspect admitted it early on, and the investigators were as offended by the conduct as Montgomery county taxpayers would be by Bruns’ violation of trust.”
O’Brien said he played a role in directing the investigators once appointed. He said it’s not uncommon for a law enforcement agency to investigate its own employees, though there has been a recent trend in light of increased attention on officer-involved shootings to refer cases to the Ohio Attorney General.
“Once appointed we determined that was not necessary,” O’Brien said.
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