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Posted: Saturday, September 23, 2006 6:22 am | Updated: 3:10 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Apache Junction leaders on Friday expressed confidence in police commander Jay Swart, saying the civilian administrator’s status will not change due to reports of alleged misconduct while he was working for Capitol Police.

Police Chief Glenn Walp said the issues that surrounded Swart while he was with Capitol Police stemmed from a rocky relationship with his supervisor.

Walp said he concluded that Andrew Staubitz, who was Swart’s supervisor at Capitol Police, should have handled the allegations against Swart through “command leadership principles.” “If you don’t communicate, the entire chain of command suffers,” Walp said of Swart’s situation at the Capitol.

A 2003 internal investigation of Swart while he served with Capitol Police raised questions about Swart’s honesty, his willingness to follow orders, and whether, at times, he failed to follow proper procedure.

But a memo released by Apache Junction officials stated that Swart “was not disciplined for any alleged code of conduct violations (while with Capitol Police) because no code of conduct violations were committed.”

Walp and City Attorney Joel Stern reviewed nearly 1,000 pages of documents relating to Capitol Police’s internal investigations of Swart, who had spent 19 years with the department.

Walp said he is confident in Swart’s ability to perform his duties in Apache Junction.

“I have an excellent relationship with commander Swart,” Walp said, “and I have full confidence in him.”

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