Wyoming Deputy Shows Too Much Skin?

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Bill Sniffin
Bill Sniffin

Not only are Wyoming’s female deputies not wearing protective vests, but they are showing too much of their breasts.

That was the conclusion drawn by a Californian who called Fremont County Sheriff Skip Hornecker’s office recently.

The Sheriff was being criticized for one of his deputies “having three buttons loose” on her shirt, and obviously not wearing a protective bullet-proof vest and “showing too much skin.”

Sheriff Hornecker thought he better get to the bottom of the complaint as it just did not seem to fit his very large department of 100+ staff, which includes deputies, jail staff and dispatch staff.

He only has one female deputy who handles patrol work.  She is a young Wyoming ranching gal who has never been seen without her bulletproof vest and always has her shirt buttoned up.

Hornecker discovered the caller had seen a Wyoming sheriff’s deputy on a TV show. The caller was appalled at how the female deputy was dressed.

Our Sheriff Hornecker, who looks like a young Wilfred Brimley with his handlebar moustache, could be a TV star in my opinion. Plus Brimley is one of his heroes and, by way of note, lives in Greybull.

Hornecker discovered the image the gal was complaining about was from the hit TV show Longmire, which airs from a fictional Wyoming county called Absaroka.  Sheriff Longmire has an Indian reservation in his jurisdiction. This was why the caller deduced that Fremont County, home to the Wind River Indian Reservation, is the locale for what she was seeing.

Lander officer, David Hyde, writes about police happenings in Fremont County:

 “Dispatcher Jenny, knowing complaints about personnel are not to be taken lightly, asked for specifics. This lady’s exact complaint was the deputy’s boobs were hanging out. This deputy was performing her duties in front of God, Wyoming, and whoever else has a television, with her uniform shirt unbuttoned, which exposed a fair amount of skin in that particular region that clearly demonstrated there was  definitely no protective vest present.

“Jenny advised the caller she had been watching a TV show about a fictional Wyoming sheriff and his fictional female deputy in a fictional Wyoming county dealing with fictional problems on a fictional reservation.

“Apparently this did little to soothe the lady caller, who stated, ‘I’ll just have to call the producers. I was a corrections officer for years and that kind of stuff is just not proper.”

Longmire is based on books by author Craig Johnson of Ucross.  It is one of my favorite shows.  

It is about a Wyoming Sheriff, his daughter and his Indian friend.  One of his deputies is a blond female named Victoria Moretti, played by actress Katee Sackhoff. And yes, she shows some cleavage from time-to-time and never appears to be wearing a vest.  My wife reminds me it is interesting I was already aware of the deputy’s attire.

The town of Buffalo, which is used by Johnson as his model, changed their annual Crazy Days celebration to “Longmire Days” and invited the cast to come enjoy the Real West.

Huge crowds and members of the cast, including Ms Moretti, showed up and loved the attention. Wyoming and Buffalo threw out the welcome mat for them and treated them to some real western hospitality.

Smart folks, those Buffalo residents.  Hope they do it again.

Bigfoot sighted - In another sign that things are starting to get crazy in Fremont County, the local police were called recently at 4 a.m. and told a Sasquatch or Bigfoot was chasing cars on Lander’s Main Street.

Police could not find any evidence of someone in a costume or a real Bigfoot roaming at that hour of the night.

I wondered if my grandsons were doing another of their Bigfoot videos, which you can access on YouTube or on my daughter Shelli Johnson’s Facebook page.  The sketches are hilarious and do a good job of mimicking the reality TV show Finding Bigfoot.

Coincidentally, one of the most serious researchers that I know is John Mionczynski of Atlantic City, Wyoming, who is often featured on that show.  They traipse all over the country following up on sightings.

Years ago, we reported  in the local newspaper where a Bigfoot creature, standing over nine feet tall, was sighted around the Fort Washakie area with several people reporting the sighting.  He was seen about dusk roaming people’s gardens.  Some thought it might have been a bear.    

But, alas, no sign of Bigfoot was found in Lander recently despite that call.



Check out Bill Sniffin’s columns at www.billsniffin.com.  He is a longtime Wyoming journalist from Lander who has written four books. His most recent book is “Wyoming’s 7 Greatest Natural Wonders” which is available at www.wyomingwonders.com.


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