Hired and Fired: Down economy cuts police officers' careers short - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Hired and Fired: Down economy cuts police officers' careers short... for now

Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick
  • Also on KHQ.comMore>>

  • City Council passes compensation increases for fire battalion chiefs

    City Council passes compensation increases for fire battalion chiefs

    SPOKANE, Wash.- Monday night the Spokane City Council vote on and passed a proposed increase in the total compensation of union members in the Spokane Association of Fire Officers.>>
    SPOKANE, Wash.- Monday night the Spokane City Council vote on and passed a proposed increase in the total compensation of union members in the Spokane Association of Fire Officers. The new contract increases salary to about 5 percent annually over the next four years and come on the heels of an announcement last week that the fire department may have to lay off some firefighters.  >>
SPOKANE, Wash. - How bad is the economy? The Spokane Police Department is giving two people layoff notices before they even start their first day of work.

Two police officer candidates will be hired for 10 days in an administrative capacity and then laid off until the economy turns around, according to Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick.

"I felt hurt to tell you the truth," said Chief Anne Kirkpatrick. "I actually burst into tears when I had to tell them, because my word means everything to me."

Chief Kirkpatrick says she knew the economy was turning late last year, but she continued processing the two candidates because she thought she had the funding to pay for the new officers.

The two men passed background checks, physical exams and psychological profiles-a process which takes approximately 6 months-when the Chief learned that funding was tightening and she couldn't hire the two candidates.

The Chief says staff members in the Police department alerted her to Civil Service rules which outline how hiring the two for 10 days before the layoff allows the department to re-hire the pair when more funding becomes available.

"They have first rights to any future open positions," she said. "They (the two candidates) have been very gracious and very understanding. I appreciated that they gave me grace in having to pull back on my word."

Chief Kirkpatrick says the two will start their 10-day schedule with the police department within the next several weeks.

The two men are still employed in their previous jobs and plan to continue working there until permanent police jobs become available, according to the department.

- Anthony Gomes
KHQ Local News

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Mothers describe witnessing attempted child luring near Glass Park

    Mothers describe witnessing attempted child luring near Glass Park

    Thursday, June 22 2017 10:58 PM EDT2017-06-23 02:58:25 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Do you know where your kids are? Thankfully, two women say they were around after a man tried to lure their kids into his car. It happened Wednesday morning in North Spokane near Glass Park off of Hoffman Street. Spokane Police say they are calling this an attempted child luring and they are actively searching for the man. Misty Coleman-Woods says a man in a Subaru pulled up to her home around 10:30 a.m. on 

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Do you know where your kids are? Thankfully, two women say they were around after a man tried to lure their kids into his car. It happened Wednesday morning in North Spokane near Glass Park off of Hoffman Street. Spokane Police say they are calling this an attempted child luring and they are actively searching for the man. Misty Coleman-Woods says a man in a Subaru pulled up to her home around 10:30 a.m. on 

    >>
  • Spokane Father's Day fight goes viral on social media

    Spokane Father's Day fight goes viral on social media

    Wednesday, June 21 2017 11:02 PM EDT2017-06-22 03:02:56 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - A dad's plan to pick up his daughter for a Father's Day outing turns into accusations of assault and an arrest. Now a Facebook post is going viral because of what the dad didn't do when confronted. 

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - A dad's plan to pick up his daughter for a Father's Day outing turns into accusations of assault and an arrest. Now a Facebook post is going viral because of what the dad didn't do when confronted. 

    >>
  • PHOTOS: $450,000 home in Seattle vs. $450,000 home in Spokane

    PHOTOS: $450,000 home in Seattle vs. $450,000 home in Spokane

    Wednesday, June 21 2017 7:33 PM EDT2017-06-21 23:33:56 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Location, location, location.  You may have seen a post making its way around social media of a house listing in Seattle for nearly $450,000. That sounds about right for the area, right? Well this house is a bit of a fixer upper. The kind with lots of potential if you invest the time and money.  Currently, however, it is shown on the real estate site Redfin in less than perfect condition. 

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Location, location, location.  You may have seen a post making its way around social media of a house listing in Seattle for nearly $450,000. That sounds about right for the area, right? Well this house is a bit of a fixer upper. The kind with lots of potential if you invest the time and money.  Currently, however, it is shown on the real estate site Redfin in less than perfect condition. 

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/