A date has finally been set for the arbitration hearing for Troy Meade, the Everett Police officer fired for violating Everett Police Department policy in the shooting of Niles Meservey on June 10th, 2009 behind the Chuckwagon restaurant.
On July 1st, 2011 Meade was fired by Everett Police Chief Jim Scharf. That action was upheld by the Mayor of Everett as well as new police chief Kathy Atwood.
On September 8th, 2011 The Everett Police Officer’s Association voted to appeal the firing to binding arbitration.
So why did it take so long to finally agree on date?
First the City of Everett’s attorney and the Everett Police Officer’s Association attorney had to agree on an arbitrator. Then the arbitrator and the attorneys have to compare available dates. After a fair amount of back and forth, a decision is made.
So, from March 14th – 16th, the city and the EPOA will each present their side to the arbitrator. A binding decision will be made. When will that decision be announced? That we don’t know, but when it comes, we’ll bring it to you.