Redmond, 33, was arrested Oct. 8 and charged under the Governmental Conduct Act, section 10.16.4.1, Honoraria prohibited, for accepting money for conducting a public duty as a police officer. The GCA forbids public officers from accepting payment or gifts of more than $100 in value for performing services related to their official duties.
According to the statement of probable cause filed Oct. 14, 2015 in Magistrate Court, Redmond was on duty June 6, 2014 and June 11, 2014 when he provided a police department tour for a group of students. Court documents indicate that he submitted time sheets for those two days and was paid his regular hourly wage by Los Alamos County. He also accepted $300 from UNM-LA for those same days. The official charge of “engaging in an act for personal financial gain” filed against Redmond followed an internal investigation.
Redmond was terminated from his position at the police department and filed an appealed. In early December, following nearly six hours of testimony and 90 minutes of deliberation, the Los Alamos County Personnel Board Appeal Committee upheld Redmond’s termination.
Assistant District Attorney Joshua Humphreys spoke about the case this morning with the Los Alamos Daily Post.
“What we decided to do as an office is to dismiss the charges, because as per the agreement, Mr. Redmond has completed 24 hours of community service and provided verified proof that the $300 paid to him by UNM-LA has been returned by him to UNM-LA. However, dismissal of the charges does not alter Redmond’s arrest record in this case.”
Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone also spoke about the case today with the Los Alamos Daily Post.
“In my experience, the handling of cases is often times less about the merit of a particular case as it is process and legal maneuvering,” Sgambellone said. “Having said that, this issue is now resolved and we wish Mr. Redmond well as he puts this behind him and moves forward.”
Redmond could not be reached for comment.