Personal use gets a little too personal

You’d think a police officer would be able to track his steps better, or at least be more concerned about the trail he leaves behind. An article from has former police chief Gordon Wiborg, hired by the city in December 2004, being forced to resign after it was discovered that he was sending inappropriate messages to another male officer using a company-issued BlackBerry.

The records include a computer message sent Dec. 23 in which Wiborg professes romantic interest in the man.

“I’m infatuated, addicted. Totally and completely in love with you,” Wiborg wrote. “There. I said it. I’m sorry. I didn’t want this to happen but I couldn’t help it. I’m sorry.”

I’ll repeat - Over 500 pages of inappropriate messages. I couldn’t conjure up 500 pages of inappropriate material when I was a teen, so kudos Mr. Policeman. This is just a reminder, folks. If it’s for work, keep it for work.

The officer Wiborg sent messages to also filed a lawsuit, arguing that his identity needed to be protected because the messages constituted sexual harassment from his supervisor. The Herald agreed not to use his name.

Numerous messages between the two Dec. 23 show that Wiborg was upset that the police officer’s guild had voted no confidence in his leadership and sad that he’d had trouble connecting with Snohomish officers.

Wiborg told the officer he thought of him as “my best friend or a brother and so I wish that were mutual, but that’s another fantasy I suppose.”

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