As standard practice, the officer was placed on administrative leave, pending the outcome of the investigation, said Warm Springs Public Safety Branch Manager Stanley Suenaga.
Former Public Safety GM, Jim Soules, welcomed his replacement, Stan Suenaga, in November.
Stan Suenaga is replacing Jim Soules as the general manager of the Warm Springs Public Safety Branch.
Suenaga grew up and earned his bachelor's degree in Los Angeles.
For the past 29 years, he has worked for the FBI in New Orleans, Los Angeles, Portland, and Bend.
"In my first office," Suenaga
said, "I actually worked with the Coushatta tribe in southwest Louisiana, near Lake Charles, very small compared to Warm Springs
Until his recent retirement, Suenaga has served as the temporary supervisor and a special agent for the Bend FBI office.
"I have no family around here, but I fell in love with Central Oregon because of the weather and the way the people care about each other.
So far I'm loving it here."
says that he
believes Public Safety is moving in the right direction, and he
would like to continue with Soule's work.
The branch will continue to include professionalism, as Suenaga
strives to raise the credibility of local law enforcement, he
"We're doing that right now, working with Wasco and Jefferson Counties.
That's very important.
With my experience in the FBI
, I have exposure to local law enforcement agencies in Central Oregon and pretty much the entire state.
I hope to use those relationships to help move this agency forward."
recognizes violence and alcohol abuse as two big challenges facing the tribal community.
said, with the assistance of outside agencies his
department will be able to combat the drugs and gang violence.
would like to see the youth moving in a positive direction, provided with good role models.
has some big obstacles to face," Jim said.
said that he
hopes the people will allow him to gain their trust and confidence.
"Just know," he
said, "that I will do my best to do what's right for the tribes and the tribal members."