E. Ore. police complain to city about chief

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HERMISTON, Ore. (AP) -- Hermiston city officials say they'll look into complaints from city police officers against the chief.

The Hermiston Police Association said in a letter last week that Chief Dan Coulombe (kuh-LOHM) publicly embarrassed employees, made unreasonable requests for confidential information about time off and caused confusion and anxiety among staff members.

Coulombe declined to comment to the East Oregonian newspaper (http://bit.ly/nAZpev ).

City leaders agreed to an investigation. Mayor Bob Severson called the situation unfortunate but says he supports Coulombe -- "totally behind him 100 percent."

The East Oregonian said Coulombe has been in Hermiston nearly 10 years and has been a finalist to be police chief in three cities since 2008, including most recently in Richland, Wash.

The association is the bargaining unit for 25 officers.

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Information from: East Oregonian, http://www.eastoregonian.info