EAST WENATCHEE,WA.-East Wenatchee Mayor Steve Lacy says he’s found no evidence to support grievances brought forward by the police officers’ union against Chief Randy Harrison and his assistant Chief, Ray Coble. But, last night he told the City Council that he’s ordering an independent review of the allegations.
In a prepared statement Lacy said, “I have found no support for the accusations that the police administration has engaged in a pattern of unequitable treatment of employees. Nor has the Union presented any evidence to support its allegations of intimidation, harassment, retaliation, or any other unethical behavior in connection with the discipline of any employee of the department.”
The Union reported in its letter to the Council that 16 of 18 officers approved a no confidence vote against the Chief and Assistant Chief.
The Mayor acknowledged that a significant number of officers share strong feelings of animosity and distrust toward the police administration. He added in his letter, “The cause or causes of those attitudes remain sufficiently unclear to warrant an effective, outside professional review of the department.” He says he’s agreed with the union to seek the review to be conducted under a program offered by the Washington Association of Sheriff’s and Police Chiefs.