EPHRAIM — The FBI has wrapped up its investigation into Ephraim's police chief and closed the case.
"There are no criminal charges to pursue federally in this matter," FBI spokeswoman Sandra Barker said in a prepared statement Wednesday.
The controversy surrounding the Ephraim Police Department began when three officers raised concerns that their chief routinely failed to file reports in a timely manner or filed reports that were incomplete.
Those concerns led to an independent investigation conducted by the Utah County Sherriff’s Office, which found that since February 2007, Chief Ron Rasmussen, currently the longest-serving chief in the state, was responsible for 237 of the department's 272 incomplete reports. And while it didn't find evidence that his conduct was criminal, the investigation called the lack of report writing "serious" and noted that it left the door open for possible lawsuits against the city.
Rasmussen was placed on five days of administrative leave by the city and then allowed to return to the department as chief. The decision to bring Rasmussen back prompted the three officers to resign. It also prompted an independent investigation from the FBI.
Ephraim City Manager Brant Hanson said he appreciates the FBI's review.
"It's refreshing to know that there's no issue on their level," he said.
Since the three officers resigned, Hanson said the city has been able to fill their spots, as well as hire a fourth officer, who started this week. That brings the department to six sworn officers, including the chief.