Everett Police Lieutenant Fired

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Everett Police Chief fires lieutenant after off-duty DUI arrest.

Yesterday Everett Police Chief Dan Templeman formally fired Everett Police Lieutenant Jim Phillips for violating department policy. Today the City of Everett provided MyEverettNews.com the following statement…

Effective Feb. 10, the City of Everett has terminated Lt. Jimmy Phillips’s employment with the Everett Police Department, following his Aug. 25, 2015 arrest in Benton County for driving under the influence. Following an internal investigation, Everett Police Chief Dan Templeman determined that Phillips’ actions rendered him unfit to perform essential functions of his job as a police officer, and jeopardize the public’s trust in law enforcement.
Phillips has been on leave since the August incident, which occurred when he was off duty.

Here is a statement from Chief Templeman also provided to MyEverettNews.com by the City of Everett…

“Lt. Phillips is a well-liked member of our force, and I appreciate his service and commitment to our community. However, his actions clearly violate our department’s canons of ethics as police officers and are inconsistent with our core values of honor, integrity and professionalism.”

MyEverettNews.com requested and received a copy of the email police chief Templeman sent out to Everett Police Department yesterday…

Effective today, Lt. Jim Phillips has been terminated from the Everett Police Department. Jim’s termination is the result of his off-duty DUI arrest in Benton County last August. While I will not go into the details of the incident and subsequent internal investigation here, it still remains my expectation that all Everett Police employees will uphold our core values of honor, professionalism and integrity.

Lieutanant Phillips does have the right to file a grievance under the Everett Police Management Association’s collective bargaining agreement with the City of Everett or appeal to the city’s Civil Service Commission. City of Everett policy also offers lieutanant Phillips the option to resign.


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