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>>

  • Mysterious wolf-like creature shot in Montana

    Mysterious wolf-like creature shot in Montana

    Thursday, May 24 2018 7:58 PM EDT2018-05-24 23:58:21 GMT
    Image Courtesy KXLO via KFBBImage Courtesy KXLO via KFBB
    Image Courtesy KXLO via KFBBImage Courtesy KXLO via KFBB

    DENTON, Mont. - A large wolf-like animal was shot and killed May 16 by a rancher near Denton, Montana. It now has wildlife officials and the public wondering what it was, according to KFBB. The animal came within several hundred yards of the rancher’s livestock. Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks (FWP) said in a statement the rancher shot it and reported it as required by law. The animal was a young, non-lactating female and a canid, a 

    >>

    DENTON, Mont. - A large wolf-like animal was shot and killed May 16 by a rancher near Denton, Montana. It now has wildlife officials and the public wondering what it was, according to KFBB. The animal came within several hundred yards of the rancher’s livestock. Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks (FWP) said in a statement the rancher shot it and reported it as required by law. The animal was a young, non-lactating female and a canid, a 

    >>
  • FIRST ON KHQ: Former Spokane NAACP president Rachel Dolezal facing felony theft charges for welfare fraud

    FIRST ON KHQ: Former Spokane NAACP president Rachel Dolezal facing felony theft charges for welfare fraud

    Friday, May 25 2018 2:09 AM EDT2018-05-25 06:09:50 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Former Spokane Chapter NAACP President Rachel Dolezal is now facing legal trouble that could land her behind bars. KHQ has confirmed that Dolezal, who legally changed her name to Nkechi Diallo in 2016, is accused of 1st Degree Theft by Welfare Fraud, Perjury in the 2nd Degree, and False Verification for Public Assistance.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Former Spokane Chapter NAACP President Rachel Dolezal is now facing legal trouble that could land her behind bars. KHQ has confirmed that Dolezal, who legally changed her name to Nkechi Diallo in 2016, is accused of 1st Degree Theft by Welfare Fraud, Perjury in the 2nd Degree, and False Verification for Public Assistance. Her potential punishment under RCW 74.08.331 could include up to 15 years in prison.

    >>
  • Man accused of murdering 10-month-old baby asks for change in his release conditions

    Man accused of murdering 10-month-old baby asks for change in his release conditions

    Friday, May 25 2018 10:36 PM EDT2018-05-26 02:36:09 GMT
    Suspect Joshua Mobley PHOTO: FacebookSuspect Joshua Mobley PHOTO: Facebook

    SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - The man accused of murdering the 10-month-old baby he was babysitting was back in court Friday asking for a change in his release conditions. Josh Mobley, 29, has been out on bond in the months following the death of baby Caiden Henry. His parents posted his $250,000 bond. Attorney's said Friday Mobley was asking to move his wife and four children into his parent's home after some financial issues. The 

    >>

    SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - The man accused of murdering the 10-month-old baby he was babysitting was back in court Friday asking for a change in his release conditions. Josh Mobley, 29, has been out on bond in the months following the death of baby Caiden Henry. His parents posted his $250,000 bond. Attorney's said Friday Mobley was asking to move his wife and four children into his parent's home after some financial issues. The 

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/