|A recently retired Washington County deputy is alleging that his retired peace officer ID card is being unjustly withheld from him.
Lt. Dana Spencer, 64, former division commander of prisoner transport and courthouse security, is the second retired officer to raise questions in recent months as to why he has not received a retired ID card after requesting one.
"I didn't have any disciplinary issues or any ethics issues, at least from what I'm told," said Spencer, who had been a paid employee of the Washington County Sheriff's Office since 2002 and previously had spent 30 years as a parole officer for the state.
The issuance of ID cards for law enforcement officers is called for by both federal and state legislature. However, the laws have left room for interpretation, and nationally some officers have sued agencies to receive their ID cards or concealed carry permits (CCW).
When retired Washington County deputy Jack Brum brought up similar complaints about not receiving his retired ID card in October, he had mentioned a lawsuit as a feasible course of action.
Brum declined to make further comments on the issue for this story.
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