East Wenatchee’s police department responds to grievances by the union

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East Wenatchee Mayor Steve Lacy says the police department is in the process of making some changes in response to recommendations made in a highly-critical outside review of the agency.

East Wenatchee Police Department

LEMAP Report Results

An independent panel of leading law enforcement officials compiled the so-called LEMAP report at the City’s request. They compiled the report in response to grievances by the police officers’ union concerning claims of mismanagement by Chief Randy Harrison and Assistant Chief Ray Coble. Specifically, the review identified outdated record keeping, lack of top down communication, inadequate training programs and general low officer morale as issues in need of improvement.

East Wenatchee Mayor Steve Lacy’s Response

Mayor Steve Lacy responded in an interview with the Wenatchee World that the, “administration is drafting a plan to follow some, but not all, of the recommendations.” He said they expect to complete the plans within a week or so. Additionally, the Mayor said he does not intend to fire anyone based on the report’s findings. Meanwhile, David Simmons with the Teamsters Local No. 760 told the Wenatchee World that the report confirms much of what the officers identified in a vote of no confidence against the Chief and Coble.