Fired Spokane Officer Gets Job Back

A Spokane police officer fired in 2009 after driving drunk while off duty, hitting a pickup with his truck and leaving the scene of the collision is likely to be rehired and get more than two years of back pay – totaling about $275,000.

The Spokesman Review reports that in a settlement mediated by the Washington State Human Rights Commission, Brad Thoma will be rehired March 1 in a demoted position of detective – if the Spokane City Council agrees to the deal on Monday.

Prior to his firing in December 2009, Thoma was a sergeant.
Under the agreement, the city will also pay his attorney $15,000. Thoma’s Bob Dunn, argues that job-related stress led Thoma to alcoholism and should be regarded as a disability.

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