Written by Christine Pitawanich, Posted: Mon, February 27 2012 at 6:06 PM, Updated: Mon, February 27 2012 at 10:08 PM
Greg Lemhouse, who is a Former Medford Police Lieutenant and current Ashland Councilman, spoke to NBC 5 News about his resignation from the police department last month and the rumors of misconduct during his time as an officer.
The public record of the alleged internal investigation has not yet been released, and it's making some people wonder why.
Lemhouse Speaks Out
When approached by NBC 5 News, Lemhouse defended himself.
"I'm not going to comment on the past [...] but I didn't do anything wrong," he said.
Since his resignation from the Medford Police Department, Lemhouse has come under heavy scrutiny.
"I'm not going to respond to rumors," said Lemhouse.
Allegations of Misconduct
Those rumors allege he resigned during an internal investigation into possible misconduct which played a role in his resignation.
"I think it's a personnel matter that I don't believe is of public interest," he said.
While Lemhouse said the issue is not of public interest, Ashland residents disagree because Lemhouse is in a position of authority as a city councilor.
Ashlanders Weigh In
"If it's to do with him breaking internal rules, we ought to be able to decide if it affects his fitness to be a councilman," said Ashland resident Philip Woolf.
Other Ashlanders also weighed in to give their two-cents on the issue.
"We should know what it's about since he does sit on the council which is a very important position," said Ellie Thivierge.
But for people like Gayle Vincent, not knowing is fine so long as the alleged misconduct was not a moral issue.
Vincent said, "Stealing, lying, theft, inappropriate behavior, that kind of thing would be considered a moral issue to me."
Lemhouse's Plans for the Future
As for Lemhouse, despite the scrutiny, he has no plans to quit the city council and insists he left the Medford Police Department in good standing, to spend more time with his family.
The documents detailing the Medford Police Department's internal investigation are sitting on District Attorney Mark Huddleston's desk. According to Huddleston, he's close to making a decision on whether or not to release them as public record.
Christine Pitawanich was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. In 2010, she received a master's degree in Broadcast Journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University in New York.
Christine also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the University of Washington.
Before joining the NBC5 News team, she had the opportunity to file reports from Washington D.C. for WFFT FOX Ft. Wayne News in Indiana. Christine has also interned at KOMO-TV in Seattle.
Christine loves to ski, try new food and have fun in the outdoors.