AGFD Macho B Internal Investigation Transcripts
April 16, 2010
Transcripts of AGFD employees interviewed during the Department’s internal Macho B investigation are available for public review
The Arizona Game and Fish Department will post on its public Web site redacted transcripts (see below) of interviews that were conducted with a number of Department employees as part of the Department’s ongoing internal administrative investigation into the events surrounding the 2009 capture, recapture and euthanization of the jaguar known as Macho B.
The Department received a public records request for the transcripts in the aftermath of its March 19, 2010 decision to dismiss an employee for actions the employee made in the weeks following the initial capture of the jaguar. The Department has previously withheld from public release the interview transcripts due to the likelihood that release would either harm the Department’s ongoing investigation or the concurrent federal investigation being conducted by the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service.
It is the Department’s understanding that the federal investigators have now finished their investigation and turned their materials over to the U.S. Attorney’s office. The Department’s investigation is ongoing and it may require additional or follow-up interviews of Department employees once the results of the federal investigation are made public. The redacted portions provide details that if known could influence or taint any employee’s future testimony. In the interest of ensuring a thorough and uncompromised investigation, the Department cannot at this time release the redacted portions of the transcripts .
Because the redaction process takes some time, the Department will post transcripts as the redacted copies become available. The first transcripts that are being posted are those of the interviews with Thornton W. Smith. Transcripts will subsequently be posted as they become available of the interviews with the following employees: Ron Thompson, Terry Johnson, Michelle Crabb, Bill Van Pelt, Dean Treadwell, David Grandmaison, Kirby Bristow, Eric Gardner, Tom Jones, Chantal O’Brien, Tim Snow and William Carroll.
Unredacted copies of the transcripts will be posted after the Department has completed its internal investigation.
The Department has also posted to its public Web site all Department photographs made during the initial capture and recapture of Macho B. All photos are being published in their original and unedited form. View all 304 photos here.
Thorry Smith Interview Transcripts - Posted April 16, 2010 [PDF 5.5mb]
Ron Thompson Interview Transcripts - Posted April 27, 2010 [PDF 5.3mb]
Terry Johnson Interview Transcripts - Posted May 7, 2010 [PDF 6.2mb]
Michelle Crabb Interview Transcripts - Posted May 18, 2010 [PDF 5mb]
Bill Van Pelt Interview Transcripts - Posted May 25, 2010 [PDF 2.9mb]
Dean Treadwell Interview Transcripts - Posted May 27, 2010 [PDF 1.8mb]
David Grandmaison Interview Transcripts - Posted May 27, 2010 [PDF 477kb]
Kirby Bristow Interview Transcripts - Posted June 9, 2010 [PDF 4.5mb]
Tom Jones Interview Transcripts - Posted June 23, 2010 [PDF 308kb]
Tim Snow Interview Transcripts - Posted June 23, 2010 [PDF 782kb]
Christina Akins Interview Transcripts - Posted June 23, 2010 [PDF 1.38mb]
Tim Grosch Interview Transcripts - Posted June 23, 2010 [PDF 150kb]
Ray Schweinsburg Interview Transcripts - Posted June 23, 2010 [PDF 242kb]
Eric Gardner Interview Transcripts - Posted June 28, 2010 [PDF 2.66mb]
William Carroll Interview Transcripts - Posted June 29, 2010 [PDF 748kb]
Chantal O’Brien Interview Transcripts - Posted July 14, 2010 [PDF 7.98mb]