Controversy after Beaverhead County Sheriff’s deputy is fired

Posted at 3:51 PM, May 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-18 17:51:51-04

(DILLON) The firing of Beaverhead County Sheriff’s Deputy Mike Miles is causing controversy in Dillon.

Miles was fired last week by Beaverhead County Sheriff Frank Kluesner for insubordination, though some believe his firing was because he supported a candidate running against Kluesner in November.

In April, Kluesner put Miles on paid leave for the same insubordination violation, and Miles appealed to the council of commissioners.

“The commissioners overturned that decision, issued a letter that he would be reinstated,” said Bergeson

Aaron Ralph of the Teamsters Union in Butte is representing Miles and plans to file a grievance over the firing.

Ralph said there’s no merit to the insubordination claim against Miles, and noted that h has a clean record in his 11 years with the Sheriff’s office.

 “(Miles) Has served this community with honor, he has a great deal of integrity, is very, very hard working,” said Bergeson. “He is committed to this community.”

Kluesner did not return our phone calls and emails asking for comment on this story.