Traverse City Record-Eagle

February 14, 2013

GT deputy fired

By Art Bukowski

TRAVERSE CITY - A Grand Traverse sheriff’s deputy convicted of disturbing the peace has been fired.

Sheriff Tom Bensley on Thursday confirmed the dismissal of Ryan Salisbury, 35, from the sheriff’s department.

Salisbury worked for the department for about 10 years. He pleaded guilty in January to a misdemeanor count of disturbing the peace for his role in a Dec. 6 incident at Union Street Station in Traverse City.

Salisbury was accused of assaulting his girlfriend, but he denied striking the woman. He accepted a plea agreement resulting in a conviction of disturbing the peace. Salisbury received probation as part of a delayed sentence.

If he completes court-ordered terms during the next year, the conviction will be vacated, said Antrim County Prosecutor Charlie Koop, who handled the case as a special prosecutor.

Bensley declined further comment.