Thomas McLallen

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Service Record

Pueblo County Colorado Sheriff's Office

Rank Detention Officer (November 1999), Detention Deputy (March 13, 2000), Sergeant (May 6, 2006).[1]
Dates of Service Ended June 25, 2009.[1]
Last Known Status Terminated[2]

Fowler Colorado Police Department

Rank Chief[3]

The department was disbanded.[3]

Walsenberg Colorado Police Department

Rank Chief[3]

The department was disbanded.[3]

Adams County Colorado Sheriff's Office

Rank Undersheriff
Dates of Service Ended on February 28, 2022.[4]
Salary $167,185 (2021)[5]
Last Known Status Retired[4]

McLallen's name is also shown as Tommie McLallen.

Incident Reports

2009 Restraint of Detainee

On April 18, 2009, a detainee became combative while being attended to by medical staff. McLallen and other officers attempted to gain control of the detainee, during which McLallen called the person a "mother fucker" and a "cock sucker".[1]

Response Timeline

On April 30, 2009, McLallen was issued "verbal counseling" for his use of derogatory language and for not acting like a supervisor by going "hand-on".[1]

On May 15, 2009, Captain Leide DeFusco recommended that McLallen be demoted from Sergeant and removed from roles with the Special Tactics and Techniques (STAT) team for "inexcusable behavior".[1]

2009 Off-Duty Disturbance

On May 3 and May 12, 2009, McLallen was off-duty and created a disturbance at a bar. McLallen called another patron a "cock sucker" and provoked a former inmate.[1]

Response Timeline

On May 20, 2009, the Bureau Chief recommended that McLallen be suspended for five days, be removed from the STAT team, and be given a written reprimand.[1]

An internal investigation determined that McLallen had violated 11 department policies.[1]

An internal criminal investigation determined that McLallen had not violated policies, and was only considered to be a witness to the incident. The former inmate testified that McLallen "did not harass him".[1]

On June 2, 2009, DeFusco recommended to the Chief that McLallen be fired.[1]

On June 10, 2009, the Chief recommended to the Undersheriff that McLallen be fired.[1]

On June 25, 2009, the Sheriff fired McLallen.[1]

McLallen sued for unlawful termination, claiming that he was fired for his efforts to unionize the department.[1]

On October 26, 2012, a jury awarded McLallen $311,600 in damages from his termination.[2]

2021 Misconduct

In 2022, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation received a complaint that McLallen, Sheriff Rick Reigenborn, and Training Division Chief Mickey Bethel had taken credit for mandatory training hours without having completed the classes.[6] The men signed rosters for classes they did not attend, had others complete their training, and submitted certificates to Colorado Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) for credit.[7][8]

Response Timeline

McLallen was placed on administrative leave.

On February 28, 2022, McLallen retired.[4]

McLallen was charged with felony counts of forgery, attempt to influence a public servant, conspiracy to commit forgery, and conspiracy to attempt to influence a public servant.[8]

On January 26, 2024, McLallen pleaded guilty to misdemeanor counts of second-degree forgery and first-degree official misconduct, and was sentenced to two years probation. McLallen must surrender his certification.[6][7][9]

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