County employee charged with illegaly using police database

Published 9:17 am Wednesday, July 22, 2015

A Berrien County employee is facing the possibility of jail time after he allegedly attempted to obtain information from a police database illegally.

Berrien County Prosecutor Mike Sepic said Rolland LaBaumbard, 58, has been charged with one count of unauthorized disclosure of information from the Law Enforcement Information Network (LEIN) — a misdemeanor punishable by up to 93 days in jail and/or a $500 fine.

LaBaumbard is the assistant director of Berrien County 911 dispatch and a retired member of the county’s sheriff’s department.

Annette Christie, who works in the county administration office, said county officials would not comment about the matter at this time, including the status of LaBaumbard’s job.

Sepic said the incident occurred June 26 while LaBaumbard was off duty.

LaBaumbard allegedly called a county dispatch center to check a license plate for a personal matter, Sepic said, which would be a violation of the law.

According to the Michigan State Police website, LEIN is a statewide computerized information system designed to assist law enforcement in their duties. Access to LEIN is restricted to criminal justice agencies or agencies statutorily granted authorization.

LaBaumbard has been released on bond and is scheduled to appear in court July 29.