ELKO — The internal investigation of a sheriff’s sergeant accused of driving to a bar in his patrol car has been completed, and the sergeant has resigned.
Sgt. Mike Otterstrom, who was scheduled to retire Dec. 1 but resigned on Sunday, went to the Watering Hole in Spring Creek on Nov. 17 and became intoxicated, Undersheriff Clair Morris said.
Another deputy gave Otterstrom a ride home, but Otterstrom allegedly drove back to the bar in his patrol car. A deputy found him at the bar. He was not on duty at the time, Morris said.
Otterstrom was placed on administrative leave and his patrol car and other equipment were turned in. Morris said a disciplinary hearing will take place today.
Morris wouldn’t comment further, saying the incident was a personnel matter.
Otterstrom has worked for the sheriff’s office for 23 years. In 2012, he received the Nevada Peace Officer of the Year award from the Peace Officers Research Association of Nevada, a law enforcement lobby organization.
He has been the president of the Elko County Deputy Sheriff’s Association for more than a decade, according to Free Press Files. He acted as a liaison between deputies and administrators during labor disputes. He was promoted to patrol sergeant in 1998.