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Former Spokane police chief Kirkpatrick to lead Chicago police reform

Former Spokane Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick has landed a job in Chicago leading police reform, the Chicago Tribue reported this morning. Kirkpatrick was named a finalist for Chicago police chief in March, but Mayor Mayor Rahm Emanuel rejected all three candidates and selected Eddie Johnson, a veteran officer in the department, as chief.

Chicago mayor to introduce new interim police superintendent

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has rejected three finalists recommended by the Chicago police board for the city’s top police post and selected the force’s current chief of patrol as the new interim superintendent, his office said.

Reports: Former Spokane Chief Kirkpatrick will not become Chicago’s top cop

Anne Kirkpatrick, one of three candidates to take over the Chicago Police Department, will not take over as the Windy City’s top cop, according to media reports. Mayor Rahm Emanuel will pick Eddie Johnson, not one of the candidates proposed by an independent civilian oversight board, Chicago media reported.

Condon says he’ll hire next Spokane police chief by July 1

Spokane should have a new police chief on the job by July 1, Mayor David Condon said Tuesday. During a meeting that sometimes grew tense, Condon discussed the next hiring steps with members of a committee he appointed to advise him on a job description and qualities needed in a new chief.

Thoma, former Spokane police officer, loses final claim for damages

A Spokane police officer fired in 2009 after a hit-and-run, drunken driving arrest lost his final claim for damages against the city Tuesday, though his attorney has vowed to appeal. Bradley Thoma sued Spokane and former police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick following a three-year-long battle to reclaim his job and lost wages. Thoma said he has been diagnosed with alcoholism and should have received accommodations from the city when he was ordered to use an ignition interlock device on his car after his arrest in September 2009.

City won’t settle suit with Spokane police officer fired after driving drunk

Two years after the Spokane City Council said “hell no” to a deal offering a job and back pay to fired police Sgt. Brad Thoma, the city is headed for trial, accused of discrimination. In a federal lawsuit, Thoma alleges that former police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick discriminated against him for being an alcoholic after she fired him in 2009. She took that action after Thoma drove drunk, rear-ended a pickup and fled a crash scene while off duty, then declined an offer to work in other city jobs.

Spokane Police Department to open two new precincts

The Spokane Police Department will open two new precincts by the end of the year, police Chief Frank Straub said Monday. The announcement brings the department closer to a community policing model that’s been proposed for years but never implemented because city leaders said it required additional staff.

City settles with Stephens

Spokane taxpayers would pay Assistant Police Chief Scott Stephens $190,000 under a settlement announced Friday in which he would leave the department after he was singled out for demotion and then investigated for an alleged threat. Stephens, a former interim chief and 27-year veteran of the force, was placed on paid leave Dec. 20, the day after being advised that he would be demoted as part of a departmental reorganization. On Dec. 19 he allegedly told a friend in the department that “he did not think anyone would blame him if he took action” in response, according to a two-page investigative report about the incident prepared by a retired U.S. District Court Judge Michael Hogan, of Oregon.

Crime unit claims disputed

Spokane police Chief Frank Straub said Friday that the disbanding of the department’s property crimes unit in 2011 is an “urban legend” perpetrated by former administrators looking to boost funding for the department. “Someone, and I’m not quite sure who it was, or a group of people within the department, thought that it would help the police budget to say there’s not going to be a property crimes unit anymore and property crimes are not going to be investigated,” Straub said. He took over the department last autumn.

Guild blames former officials for bungled detective firing

Spokane Police Guild officials say the blame for the botched firing of a detective lies with officials no longer in city government. The Spokane City Council on Monday approved a $350,000 mediated settlement with Detective Jeff Harvey that stipulates he won’t be disciplined for the alleged incident that led to his termination and provides him an apology for the way he was treated.

Council to weigh payout to fired, rehired detective

The Spokane City Council on Monday will consider paying a fired and rehired police detective $350,000. Former police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick fired Detective Jeff Harvey in July 2011, citing what city leaders said was a “troubled work history.”

Council to consider $350,000 firing settlement

The Spokane City Council on Monday will consider paying a fired and rehired police detective $350,000. Former Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick fired Detective Jeff Harvey in July 2011, citing what city leaders said was a “troubled work history.”