Stephens-City Settlement Approved

By Paige Browning

The Spokane City Council has approved a settlement with Scott Stephens, the city’s former interim police chief.  Stephens will receive a 190-thousand dollar settlement, approved by the council Monday night.
 
Stephens filed a claim through the city in April after he was put on administrative leave in late 2012.  Stephens was placed on leave after he was demoted and colleagues accused him of planning a workplace threat.  Stephens' lawyer denies he made any threat.

Council member Mike Allen says the settlement is what’s best for both parties in the claim.
 
Allen: “At the same time I do want to thank Chief Stephens for his service to the City of Spokane for so many years. And that should not be forgotten. He stepped up also at a time when there was some void in the leadership of the department, so I appreciate that.”
 
City Council member Nancy McLaughlin says it turned into a situation of the figuring out who was the victim and who was the villain. She said she’s glad the city brought in Judge Michael Hogan from Oregon to do an outside investigation. 
 
Mayor David Condon announced the settlement April 26.

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