A veteran member of the El Paso County, Colorado Sheriff’s Department stepped down this month after admitting that he described President Barack Obama as a “nigger,” The Colorado Springs Gazette reported Monday.
Sheriff Bill Elder told the newspaper that Robert Jaworski, a lieutenant with the department, spontaneously used the slur to describe the President while watching him in a TV segment in a break room at the sheriff’s office. Several subordinates and members of the El Paso County Coroner’s Office were present, according to the report, which does not make clear when the incident happened.
Elder told the newspaper that he would have fired Jaworski, who rose to the rank of lieutenant and had a 28-year career with the department, had he not retired voluntarily on May 5.
“That is unacceptable in my administration,” Elder told the Gazette. “You wouldn’t get a warning as far as I’m concerned.”
Jaworski had spent the last 17 years investigating homicides and other serious crimes as a lieutenant, according to the report.
The county will not move forward with an investigation because Jaworski left before a disciplinary board could hold a hearing on his behavior, the Gazette reported. The sheriff told the newspaper that Jaworski would retain his retirement benefits, which he still would have received even if he had been fired.