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Patrol chief disciplined twice for comments

By Associated Press
Published On: Sep 04 2013 09:25:14 AM MDT
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HELENA, Mont. -

The investigation of a discrimination complaint filed this summer against the chief of the Montana Highway Patrol led to the discovery that he was officially reprimanded twice for violating a patrol policy that requires officers to treat co-workers with respect and courtesy.
    
Col. Kenton Hickethier was reprimanded for telling a female trooper in March 2008 that other troopers were upset with her and that "if she were a man they would take her behind the woodshed."
    
His file also contains a reprimand for statements made in August 2011 at a law enforcement meeting in Phoenix. He reportedly made inappropriate comments about the age of a trooper's spouse, about a female instructor's weight and about a trooper having dinner with black troopers from North Carolina.
    
Hickethier announced his retirement last Friday.