East Wenatchee police officers air complaints about police chief

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East Wenatchee police officers told the city council they have serious issues with Police Chief Randy Harrison and Assistance Chief Ray Coble.

In a no-confidence letter read to at the council meeting Tuesday, the officers claim Harrison and Coble “have fostered an atmosphere of hostility, retaliation and unethical behavior.

Harrison could not be reached for comment. Mayor Steve Lacey is out of town and was not at the meeting.

Dave Simmons, business representative with the union that represents the officers, said they have tried numerous times to meet with the chief and mayor about their concerns.

“They’ve made multiple efforts to resolve the issues and nothing has been resolved,” Simmons said. “They advised the mayor back in June that they had serious issues and concerns with the chief and assistant chief and received a response back in late July and early August that they didn’t believe there was a serious issue.”

Asked specifically what the officers considered “unethical behavior,” Simmons said some of the officers had issues with how they deal with the civil service promotional process, saying Harrison and Coble have been violating their own rules.

Simmons said requests for active shooter training, “which is absolutely critical in today’s environment” have been ignored.

“To date the East Wenatchee Police Department has not engaged into a practice of teaching their officers first responder stuff for active shooter and how they’re going to respond if there’s anything happening at a school or the mall,” Simmons said.

The officers voted 16-2 in favor of the no-confidence letter, Simmons said.