City officials prepare to terminate Thompson from police force

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by KREM.com & Ashley Korslien

KREM.com

Posted on November 4, 2011 at 5:34 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 23 at 10:19 AM

SPOKANE—The city of Spokane is preparing for the termination of Karl Thompson.  City officials say they expect the termination to be finalized next week.

Karl Thompson started working with the city in 1997.  For the past two years, he has been analyzing crime trends. 

City Spokesperson Marlene Feist says Thompson’s annual salary is around $73,000 dollars, which has been paid to him each year since the incident with Otto Zehm.

The Spokane Police Department has not announced whether it will fill Thompson’s vacant position.

“The position Thompson has been filling has been a desk job since the indictment in 2009,” Marlene Feist said.  “I don’t know how critical that is on their list of replacements.”

In the chance that Thompson appeals his conviction and wins, city officials say they wouldn’t likely have to hire him again or give him back pay.

Feist says Thompson is still eligible for his retirement through the state’s pension program.  Feist says the city is hoping to move forward once Thompson’s termination is complete.

“This is an emotional issue for our community,” Feist said.

City officials say Mayor Mary Verner is still moving forward with an internal and external review.  Verner has not said what the focus of that investigation will be yet.

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