Spokane prosecutor fires election opponent - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Spokane prosecutor fires election opponent

SPOKANE, Wash. - Deputy prosecutor David Stevens has been fired after announcing he would challenge his boss, Spokane County prosecutor Steve Tucker, in the upcoming election.
     
Tucker fired Stevens after a Wednesday meeting.

Tucker said he fired Stevens because he was disruptive to the workplace after announcing his intention to run in the upcoming election. Tucker told KHQ that Stevens began outlining changes he would make in the prosecutors office including which employees would be fired.

According to Tucker, Stevens made his proposed changes known to employees which led to at least one confrontation between Stevens and an employee Stevens was threatening to fire. 

Tucker did say that Stevens decision to run against him was part of the big picture in the termination.

Tucker cited case law unique to these types of situations saying that the deputy prosecutor's position is not constitutionally protected and added that Stevens is the only tenured prosecutor to be fired since Tucker became the County Prosecutor. 

When Tucker was asked about how he thought the situation would impact public perception in the upcoming election, Tucker said he was "worried about it a little, but people didn't know the whole story."
     
Stevens, who announced his firing by a campaign e-mail, had previously referred to Tucker as an "absent administrator."

Stevens said he will follow his unions grievance process in hopes of being reinstated to his $86,000 a year job.

 

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