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UPDATE: City Reaches Settlement With Former Interim Spokane Police Chief Scott Stephens

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TWEET FROM ALEX: The agreement to pay Judge Hogan was $15,000 for this investigation. The "report" I received is 1 and 1/4 pages.

TWEET FROM ALEX: Stephens has since been to counseling according to report.

TWEET FROM ALEX: Stephens was mad about demotion. When Straub got word of perceived violent threat, he put Stephens on admin. leave.

TWEET FROM ALEX: Just handed the report. Stephens made a perceived violent threat on the morning of December 19. That's what started this.

TWEET FROM ALEX: Condon will not comment on if Scott Stephens made a threat to the @SpokanePD. "I'll let you read the report." @KHQLocalNews

TWEET FROM ALEX:Condon: "I believe this is fair to all," Stephens said. "He is resigning his position." "He retires as assistant chief."

TWEET FROM ALEX: I asked why he was paid $190,000 if there was a threat made. "I'll let you read the report, Condon said."

BREAKING TWEET FROM ALEX ROZIER: The settlement was reached "after an incident on December 19, 2012." The City Council still has to approve the agreement. Follow Alex Rozier on twitter by clicking here! (@AlexRozier)

BREAKING UPDATE: KHQ's Alex Rozier has learned through documents obtained through the city, that the City of Spokane has reached a settlement with former Interim Police Chief Scott Stephens for $190,000. The City Council still has to approve the settlement. More details to come later in the day.

BREAKING: City reaches settlement with former Interim Spokane Police Chief Scott Stephens. There will be a news conference at 2pm today. KHQ.com will carry the press conference LIVE.

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SPOKANE, WASH. - Sources close to the Spokane Police Department confirm with KHQ's Alex Rozier Friday evening that Scott Stephens, the former acting Police Chief of the Spokane Police Department, has been placed on an administrative leave pending an internal investigation. The sources confirm that the matter is not criminal in nature, strictly related to internal issues.

Stephens began his work with the department in 1984 and in March of 1986 he was hired as a full time police officer. He worked his way up to Major on January 11, 2009 and eventually was promoted to acting Police Chief after Anne Kirkpatrick left the department on January 2nd of 2012.  

New Boss, New Problems

On October 8th of 2012 Mayor David Condon announced Frank Straub as the newest Spokane Police Chief and within months he began making major changes. At a press conference on December 21st, 2012 Straub announced that he was "reassigning" Stephens from the rank of Assistant Police Chief to Captain and he promoted Major Craig Meidl to Assistant Chief.  

Sources close to the department say after nearly three decades of work with the department Stephens did not take the demotion well. Multiple people described the issues related to Captain Stephens as "sensitive."

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