Spokane firefighter Todd Chism on "unpaid layoff status" - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Spokane firefighter Todd Chism on "unpaid layoff status"

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SPOKANE, Wash, - The city has placed Spokane firefighter Todd Chism on "unpaid layoff status." This means he is separated from the city. If he is acquitted of the charges against him he may have the ability to come back to the city's employment.
 
Troopers say they struggled with Chism as they attempted to take him into custody. One trooper suffered a broken thumb and another strained his hand during the fight. Chism received a cut over his eye.

Chism was eventually controlled and booked into the Stevens County Jail on charges of Driving Under the Influence and Resisting Arrest. Those charges were dismissed pending completion of an investigation - something WSP said is common in similar cases.  They said Chism may eventually face assault charges in connection to the incident.

Chism returned to work in May 2008 after he was cleared of possessing child pornography. He continued to claim that his reputation had been destroyed by the ordeal and that WSP had never apologized for its lacking investigation. He filed a $20 million tort claim against the agency in January 2009. 

  • Chism 911 recordings here
  • WSP report 1& 2 here

 

 

 

 
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