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Ennis suggests they left before the probes were completed so they wouldn't have to face the consequences of their actions. He says none were singled out for harassment, and all were treated fairly.

IN THE WAKE of the internal-investigations spree, careers were ruined. Letters of discipline marred otherwise perfect files. Several top-level investigators who quit, including supervisors Tom Kuhn and Ralph Robinson, have lost years of seniority and are now working at low-level jobs in other state agencies.

Others, like Dirk Brown, have quit police work entirely. "This has ruined my life," says Brown from a truck stop in Oregon. Investigator Steve Reynolds was wounded by a grenade in Vietnam, and prides himself on the fact that he's always held a job despite physical complications from his injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder. Reynolds says that under Jonovich's reign, his stress disorder got worse. Eventually he checked himself into a VA hospital and has since resigned from the department. "You have no idea how vindictive these people can be," he says.

Reynolds, who was Brown's supervisor, remembers how stressful Jonovich made his last days at the department. He remembers especially one day when he and his subordinates were preparing to raid a bar with DPS. Reynolds had planned the raid for months. At the last minute, Jonovich told Reynolds, in front of his men, that he couldn't participate in the raid. He gave no reason. To this day, Reynolds remembers the humiliation.

"I loved my job," he says. "All I wanted to do was work liquor."

A whiskey-filled cop car in the office of the superintendent of Liquor Licenses and Control. Get it?

"It got so bad employees were carrying tape recorders around because they didn't trust each other."

These are the kinds of stories you might hear during a drinking bout with pals.

There was a time, for example, when the investigations unit of the Liquor Department was obsessed with sausages.

Jonovich dismisses the complaints as "typical of personnel situations."

"It took me a long time to get used to the fact that where I work now, people aren't paranoid."

"I think Hugh Ennis doesn't like me very much. I think the department likes me because I've stood up to him."

"He's going to be hysterical that I even talked to the newspaper."

Following the memo, says Reynolds, there was "hell to pay."

"I am accused of misconduct of something by someone.

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Terry Greene