BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, WA – A Bainbridge police officer resigned after she was suspended for secretly taping a conversation with the city manager.
Officer Michelle Vollmer, who has worked for the Bainbridge Police Department since 2006, resigned Nov. 8, just after Chief Jon Fehlman informed her she would be fired.
According to documents released by the city to the Kitsap Sun this week, Fehlman requested that the Lynnwood Police Department investigate Vollmer after she admitted she had recorded a Sept. 12 meeting between members of the Bainbridge police union and City Manager Brenda Bauer. The meeting was to discuss the a city press release about police matters.
Vollmer, the union’s secretary, told investigators she recorded the meeting on a small cassette tape so she could accurately type notes after the meeting. She admitted she did not disclose to anyone that she was making the recording.
She mentioned the recording to other officers shortly after the meeting. They informed her that it is illegal to make audio recordings of people without their knowledge.
Vollmer told investigators she threw the tape away after realizing her mistake.
Vollmer resigned a day before Officer Scott Weiss was suspended for allegedly harassing a Bainbridge city councilwoman. Weiss is the police union president and was present at the recorded meeting with Bauer. He told investigators he informed Fehlman about the recording after Vollmer disclosed it to him.
Fehlman decided to suspend Vollmer after conferring with Bauer about the recording. He said Vollmer resigned in lieu of termination.
From The Kitsap Sun.