Salt Lake deputy police chief accused of sexual harassment resigns

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  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 6, 2014 11:14 p.m.

    If the former Deputy Chief did something criminal, then prosecute him. If he saw or shared some "suggestive" but not pornographic pictures, a quick counseling session and back on the job should have been sufficient. If worse than that, fire him.

    But, Chief Burbank has had this guy on paid (not unpaid!) administrative leave for more than six months, basically a paid vacation until his retirement eligibility date was reached.

    Either the guy was a bad cop who should be fired, or he got shown extreme favoritism in being allowed an extended paid vacation and retirement pay and benefits for life.

    Frankly, I think that Burbank's favoritism (or his excessive public expression of outrage over the Deputy Chief's conduct) in failing to actually punish him if it was real misconduct, or wasting hundreds of thousands of taxpayers' money on a guy who did not deserve the retirement is a worse scandal that needs to be investigated.