City May Challenge Reinstatement of Officer Fired for Dishonesty

Last year, the Seattle Police Department fired Officer Eric Werner for failing to disclose that he’d punched a suspect. Werner’s case went to the Public Safety Civil Service Commission, who ruled that Werner should get his job back.

Now, the Seattle Times says, the city may challenge the commission’s ruling:

The City Attorney’s Office said Tuesday it is reviewing the finding and has 30 days from the date the decision was issued to appeal to the King County Superior Court.

Burgess said Holmes should examine all avenues of appeal and gauge the city’s chances of prevailing in court.

Citing the 2008 rules, Burgess called them “major steps forward in raising the bar on officer behavior,” and “dishonesty is a trigger that in almost every case would lead to the dismissal of the officer.”

The rest of the story is here.