Exclusive: Inside Sgt. Jeff Lutz's Personnel File

By: Tony Tagliavia
By: Tony Tagliavia

He claimed he was shot March 20. Now Eaton County Sheriff's Sgt. Jeff Lutz stands accused of having shot himself. News 10 has an exclusive look at the records that detail Lutz's time at the department.

At more than 500 pages, Lutz's personnel records include praise for his conduct and praise for how he dealt with the public.

"Sergeant Lutz had an exemplary record until this incident. I think everybody in the sheriff's department was shocked when he was charged," Eaton County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Brian Peacock, who reviewed the report, said.

One thing that did come up repeatedly in the file: Superior officers telling Lutz to ease his workload.

"As a detective, he may have been taking on so many cases that it was difficult to conclude all of them," Peacock said.

But at first glance, the file contains nothing a lay person would interpret as a warning sign for what Lutz is accused of.

The 500-plus-page file contains the sergeant's entire personnel record, except for his social security number, according to the Eaton County Sheriff's Department.

There were no disciplinary reports in the file. The department says disciplinary matters could be removed after any punishment or disciplinary action had occurred.

But Peacock says he can't recall any discipline incidents.

He also says he doesn't see anything in the file to suggest the kind of action Lutz is accused of taking.

There were no reports of any race-related incidents in the file. Chief Deputy Peacock says he doesn't recall any such incidents either.

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