Polygamous Town Under Scrutiny Picks Outsider As Chief

SALT LAKE CITY, UT — A polygamous community on the Utah-Arizona border has hired an outsider as its new police chief, selecting a retired Salt Lake City area police officer with no ties to the fundamentalist Mormon group that controlled the town for a century until federal government crackdowns. The appointment of Mark Askerlund as […]

Black Columbus Police Lieutenant Faces Firing Over Racial Comments

COLUMBUS, OH — A black Columbus police lieutenant may lose her job after she reportedly told a black sergeant she did not give him a negative performance evaluation because she did not “believe in black-on-black crime,” and created a hostile work environment for officers, according to an internal affairs investigation released Friday. Administrators accuse Lt. […]

With Eye On Diversity, Elgin May Relax Requirements For Firefighter Applicants

ELGIN, IL — Elgin may revise its requirements for firefighters to attract a more diverse group of applicants. The City Council on Wednesday unanimously moved forward on changing firefighter application requirements. The city requires 60 college credit hours as a prerequisite for hiring but that would become optional if the city follows through on its […]

Division Chief Wins $1.4 Million In Age Discrimination Claim

George Corley was a division chief for the San Bernardino County Fire Protection District. Corley received numerous awards for his service, and a former District fire chief testified that Corley was “doing a very good job dealing with the communities” that he served. Corley’s employee file contained no evidence of discipline. In his 2010 performance […]

Refusing Request To Use Employer’s Car Amounts To Illegal Discrimination

Frank Blair and Gabe Molina are employees of the New Mexico Department of Corrections, and are officials of AFSCME Local 3422, the bargaining unit for New Mexico’s corrections officers. In 2009, the Department denied a request from Blair and Molina to use a state vehicle to travel to and from a policy review meeting with […]

Brady Designation May Require Reasonable Accommodation

  Litigation between police officer Adam Hubacz and the Village of Waterbury, Vermont has been going on since 2012. While employed as a police officer by the Village, Hubacz applied for a law enforcement position in another town. He participated in a pre-polygraph examination interview, which was a required condition of the application process. During […]

Without Court Order, Wiretap Evidence Inadmissible In Civil Service Hearing

The California Court of Appeals has ruled that without a court order, wiretap evidence is inadmissible in a civil service disciplinary hearing. The case began in 2009, when the high intensity drug trafficking area task force came to believe that Los Angeles Sheriff ’s Department Detective Carlos Arellano was associating with known narcotics felons, using […]

Internal Grievances Not Protected By The First Amendment

Booth James had worked for the Montgomery, Alabama Regional Airport Authority for approximately 15 years as a Third Shift Police Supervisor when he observed misconduct concerning the evidence impound of the Transportation Security Administration. After discussing these concerns with his supervisors and others, James sent a grievance letter to the Airport’s Board of Directors, detailing […]

‘Site Visits’ To Fire Stations Violate Duty To Bargain

Firefighters in Santa Rosa, California are represented by Local 1401 of the International Association of Firefighters. Over the years, the Fire Department considered the creation of a second battalion chief position. Though industry standards warranted the creation of the position, funding was always an insurmountable hurdle. There was no discussion of what became known as […]

Officer Wins Bill Of Rights Battle, Loses The War

California’s Peace Officers Bill of Rights provides that “no punitive action shall be undertaken for any act, omission, or other allegation of misconduct if the investigation of the allegation is not completed within one year of the public agency’s discovery by a person authorized to initiate an investigation of the allegation of an act, omission, […]

Civil Service Can Consider Officer’s Behavior During Appeal Hearing

John Ingersoll was a police officer for Mattawa, Washington. In May 2012, his wife and children left their house and were transported to a domestic violence safe house. The City placed Ingersoll on administrative leave. After a three-month investigation, the City sent Ingersoll a pre-disciplinary letter accusing him of domestic violence as well as harassment […]

Arbitration Decision Binding In Later Discrimination Lawsuit

From December 10, 2001 to September 25, 2012, Joshua Billings worked for the Public Safety Department of the Town of Steilacoom, Washington. On May 8, 2012, the City demoted Billings from the rank of sergeant to Public Safety Office (PSO). PSOs served dual roles as police officers and firefighters under the supervision of a Police […]

ADA Does Not Give Dispatcher Right To Bring Dog To Work

Stefanie Maubach is a dispatcher for the City of Fairfax, Virginia. Her job includes answering emergency calls, receiving and transmitting radio and telephone messages, and dispatching police and other emergency personnel when needed. Maubach worked the night shift with another dispatcher. In February 2016, Maubach asked her lieutenant if she could bring her dog to […]

What’s The ‘Continuing Violation’ Theory?

“Limitation periods,” whether imposed by the time requirements in a grievance procedure or a statute of limitations, are generally harsh creatures. If someone wanting to file a claim lets a “limitation period” lapse, the result is almost always the dismissal of the claim. One exception to the usual notion that missing a statute of limitations […]

Workers’ Comp Benefits For Officer Working Secondary Employment

Megan E. Jones was a police officer for the Little Rock Police Department in Arkansas. With the Department’s permission, Jones obtained part-time employment at Dillard’s department store. While working at Dillard’s, Jones wore her full police uniform, and her duties were to deter crime and prevent shoplifting. Two separate incidents occurred that caused injuries to […]

Failure To Provide Reports Violates Bill Of Rights But Not Due Process

James Davis was a juvenile correctional officer supervisor for Fresno County, California. On July 26, 2013, the County gave Davis a notice of intended order for disciplinary action. The notice included an unsigned copy of a 12-page proposed order and stated Davis could make an oral or written reply within five days. The proposed order […]