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While Albany County Sheriff’s deputy Derek Colling remains on administrative leave, Sheriff David O’Malley said the controversial deputy is likely to return to work eventually.

However, O’Malley told the Laramie Boomerang in a Monday email Colling is likely to be transferred out of patrol work.

“When Corporal Colling returns to work, he will likely be assigned as a second investigator position,” O’Malley said. “I have worked towards having a second investigator for years and recent funding through the Boswell Springs Wind Project Industrial Siting funds will now allow that. Corporal Colling has the background and experience that would fit well in that position.”

Albany County commissioners agreed in the fall to allow O’Malley to hire four new deputies from the $3.4 million the county is set to receive from a wind project northwest of Rock River.

O’Malley said Colling’s anticipated switch to being an investigator would be a “lateral” move and would not mean a pay raise.

Colling fatally shot Laramie man Robbie Ramirez in early November following a traffic stop. Prior to working at the Albany County Sheriff’s Office, Colling had been involved in two other fatal shootings as an officer.

A grand jury declined to bring charges against Colling this month.

The Division of Criminal Investigation conducted an investigation into Ramirez’s death.

O’Malley said he received DCI’s investigation materials Monday and is in a review process. He said he has not received any of the grand jury transcripts.

While the hiring practices of O’Malley’s office are governed by the Wyoming Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission, O’Malley is currently working with the Daigle Law Group on a review of his use of force policies and other related issues.

Details of Colling’s future were confirmed after Albany County for Proper Policing issued a press release Sunday regarding a meeting the group’s leaders had with O’Malley on Thursday. O’Malley said he had not expected ACoPP would publicize their discussions.

The Laramie group was created in the wake of Ramirez’s death and suggested in the press release that “Colling’s return to work threatens the element of trust between officers and the community that is necessary for proper law enforcement.”

Karlee Provenza, a founding member of ACoPP, said the group discussed systemic reforms for O’Malley to implement during the Thursday meeting.

Provenza said O’Malley seemed receptive to ACoPP’s suggestions for greater training on de-escalation and crisis intervention.

During that meeting, Provenza said she learned about certain funding constraints that limited the crisis intervention training available to deputies. She said she hopes meetings with ACoPP and the Sheriff’s Office will continue.

“We just really want to be on the face of reforms and prevention,” she said. “We’re looking to have an open discussion with Dave about what the community wants and talk about bridging the gap between the community and his office.”

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He needs not be back on the force. There is know common sense at all.

mandatory field

Paid vacation, promotion and pay raise.


Murder is always profitable for those in gov't.


Who does he know?

Ernest Bass

His father is a WY State Trooper at Wyoming Highway Patrol.


The real crime here is how did Trent convince 12 Albany County residents to call this unjustified killing a justified killing? According to Trent, she claims that key moments were not recorded due to technical problems. The body- camera " came unplugged". Everyone knows that a body cam is designed"not to come unplugged". More than likely this video was edited out by someone. It is obvious here that the Grand Jury and the Wyoming Department of Criminal Investigation did not look at the same evidence. DCI very rarely calls a police shooting unjustified, but they did in this case. Trent controlled what evidence the Grand Jury got to see. We need to know what went on in that Grand Jury. But conveniently Trent violated the "Wyoming Grand Jury Statute" by not recording it. Now Sheriff O'Malley would like to see the DCI report and the Grand Jury transcript before he decides what to do with Deputy Collings. Apparently O'Malley knows something strange went on with that Grand Jury. O'Malley needs to have the Wyoming Attorney General investigate Trent's Grand Jury. What Trent pulled here is unethical and unprofessional- Trent needs to be disbarred from the legal profession. A new prosecutor needs to take over and do this job correctly.


wow....this thing festers to unbelievable, Ms. Trent...did not realize contra-vented grand jury statutory ......NO one thinks "unplugged" wardrobe malfunction here.....look at his past recorded history.......and Dave: really bad call on hiring or even retaining at this point. The wild (stupid, now...) west is resurrected i guess. I am so surprised and now embarrassed for Ms. Trent- cannot believe her stance and handling of grand, all over and over..


Dave O’Malley is a corrupt fraud. Peggy Trent has been protecting him from the day of the murder because she was actively involved in his campaign to remove her predecessor from office with a bogus criminal case. She worked hand in hand with O’Malley and other courthouse Democrats like former commissioner Tim Sullivan and Jackie Gonzales to get where she is and she knows if she turns on him he will expose her behind the scenes machinations back in the winter of 2014. As early as February of that year, long before the news about Bohling was public she was telling people she would be running for county attorney because O’Malley had recruited her and he had assured her that O’Malley, Sullivan, and Gonzales were going to bury Bohling in dirt to get him out of office. Now he owns her and she has delivered.

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