No, it isn't about "big foot"...Denny Peyman is making history. At least it's not about big foot
John Shaffer was Shoshone Police Chief for about 15 years. As of January, 1986, he and Dennis Peyman (fairly new to the department at that time) made up the two-man Shoshone City Police Department located in Lincoln County, Idaho.
In addition to Peyman’s dog attack lawsuit against the sheriff/county/others…and Tommy Standlee’s lawsuit against both county and city police departments, as well as county prosecutor (remember this name) Doug Rose, which were going on around this time…there were other things going on as well.
In January, newly elected Shoshone Mayor Ridinger, as soon as he took office, wanted to appoint Peyman Shoshone Police Chief (a political appointment each January) in place of 15-year veteran Chief John Shaffer. Shaffer was supposed to be kept on at the same pay as Peyman’s assistant. This led to a city council meeting running until around 2 a.m., a city councilman who had only being sworn in for two hours resigning, and eventually, public protest, recall petitions, etc...
It was soon decided to keep Shaffer as chief; however, January 30th, Shaffer resigned from the department saying demands which had been placed on him in the past few weeks were affecting his health and job performance.
Now, at this time, it also comes out that City Councilman Baltazor,(personal opinion: seemingly a decent guy) who was also a federal fish and wildlife officer, on January 15th had ordered Police Chief Shaffer to investigate allegations, rumors, and innuendo circulating about the moral and professional behavior of then Assistant Police Chief Dennis Peyman.
Baltazor and Shaffer agreed between themselves to not bring in an outside investigator, but to handle the matter within the department. Baltazor stated that some rumors concerning Shaffer also surfaced in the weeks following Shaffer’s reappointment.
When Shaffer abruptly resigned, he turned the UNFINISHED REPORT over to Lincoln County Prosecutor Doug Rose (more about him later.) Mayor Ridinger and Councilman Baltazor asked Rose for the unfinished report but Rose said it should not be turned over to the city yet and he wanted to continue the investigation. Rose would not comment about the investigation.
Mayor Ridinger said Rose told him SOME POSSIBLE CRIMINAL FELONY ACTIVITY was indicated by Shaffer’s findings about Peyman, but nothing concrete in the report. Therefore, Peyman was then appointed chief.
Now, does anyone wonder if this investigation into Shaffer’s report was ever completed by Rose? In August 1986, Doug Rose resigned from his “stormy 6-year term” in office that had saw him serve time in jail. Then, Lincoln County really had no steady county prosecutor for quite some time after that.
Now, skip ahead to June, 1994, former Chief John Shaffer is facing charges of lewd conduct with a minor. According to one newspaper report, the Lincoln County allegations involve numerous incidents from July 1, 1984 to January 1, 1987, which, during most of this time, Shaffer was police chief in Shoshone. He was sentenced to 8-years in the penitentiary.