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Former Whitefish Police Chief Faces Allegations Of Misconduct

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Montana’s agency responsible for certifying law enforcement officials alleges a former Whitefish Police chief engaged in a wide range of misconduct. The Flathead Beacon first reported the allegations.

The 12-page complaint from the standards and training bureau within the state justice department alleges former Police Chief Bill Dial engaged in, condoned and/or failed to disclose acts of corruption.

The Flathead Beacon obtained documents outlining the allegations that Dial, who abruptly retired earlier this month, colluded with the head of a local security firm. The firm is under federal indictment for money laundering and wire fraud among other charges.

The Montana Public Safety Officer Standards and Training Bureau, or POST, says Dial and the security firm CEO Matt Marshall conspired to entrap a Whitefish Police Department investigator. The Flathead Beacon reports that was in an effort to gain leverage over a prominent Whitefish philanthropist.

POST also alleges that Dial gave Marshall access to police records and gave him a chance to confront suspects who allegedly assaulted his family.

According to the complaint, Dial has until Sept. 29 to respond to the allegations or voluntarily surrender his law enforcement credentials.

Aaron graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Journalism in 2015 after interning at Minnesota Public Radio. He landed his first reporting gig in Wrangell, Alaska where he enjoyed the remote Alaskan lifestyle and eventually moved back to the road system as the KBBI News Director in Homer, Alaska. He joined the MTPR team in 2019. Aaron now reports on all things in northwest Montana and statewide health care.
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