BCI rules against Ward County Deputy in personnel case

MINOT, N.D. – The North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation has ruled that a Ward County Commissioner did not violate confidentiality laws while discussing a doctor’s report at a personnel meeting for a Sheriff’s deputy who had accused the county of discrimination.

Former Ward County Deputy Timothy Poston, who had accused his boss Sheriff Bob Barnard of discrimination and County State’s Attorney Roza Larson of sexual harassment, has also claimed that County Commissioner Alan Walter broke the law by discussing a medical report.

In a memo dated March 2, Assistant Attorney General Jonathan Byers says that, after watching video of the meeting, Walter merely brought up the need for the medical report but did not disclose specific information. The letter also absolves Barnard for refusing to take action against Walter.

An outside investigator had ruled against Poston’s claims against Barnard and Larson.

Barnard fired Poston in December.