Dexter Yarbrough has had a tough year when it comes to the media. He took a leave from his position as Colorado State University police chief in December in relationship to what was called a "personnel investigation." Then, the following month, Rocky Mountain Collegian student journalist David McSwane added to his misery in a story that also ran in the Denver Post. Its centerpiece: a recording from a class appearance in which Yarbrough said informants might be paid off with "ten of those crack cocaine rocks."
Yarbrough resigned from CSU in March -- and this week, he quit a job as a police officer at Northern Illinois University, too. Why? Neither NIU nor Yarbrough have offered public explanations thus far. But here's a likely factor: On July 10, the DeKalb Daily Chronicle published a large article about Yarbrough's CSU past, noting that the university had confirmed to the Fort Collins Coloradoan that a sexual-harassment allegation had been filed against the former chief. This info was soon picked up by the Associated Press; within hours, a shorter version of the piece was on newspaper websites across the country, including the Chicago Tribune's. Three days later, Yarbrough submitted his resignation.
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The press is being battered from all sides these days -- but it hasn't entirely lost its power. Dexter Yarbrough knows that from personal experience.