Panel votes 2-1 to restore job of Seattle police officer fired for dishonesty
A Seattle police officer fired for dishonesty will get his job back, along with back pay, after the city’s Public Civil Service Commission ruled that termination was too harsh.
Seattle Times staff reporter
A Seattle police officer fired last May for dishonesty will get his job back, along with back pay, after the city’s Public Civil Service Commission ruled that termination was too harsh.
Officer Eric Werner, 31, instead will be assessed a 30-day suspension, which will mean a deduction from his back pay.
Werner maintained he forgot about punching an agitated man when he was initially questioned in 2007 by Seattle police during an investigation into the man’s complaint that he was repeatedly tazed.
Werner, during testimony last year before the commission, said he later remembered striking the man and decided to come clean while applying for a job with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office in May 2008. The hiring process included polygraph examinations.
The Sheriff’s Office didn’t hire Werner. But it notified the Seattle Police Department of his disclosure and, after an internal investigation, he was fired last May by interim Police Chief John Diaz for violating the department’s honesty policy.
I grew up with Eric, and have known him since kindergarten. Last year he was even on my "Lame 30 & Over Basketball Team". He’s been away from the job that he loves for 13 months during this process. Many people have been praying for him, and it is great to see this outcome. You can read the whole article here.