Officer, city reach deal on terminationPublished 10:45am Tuesday, June 4, 2013
The city of Austin and Austin Police Department reached a settlement with a former Austin Police officer who was suspended on Jan. 3 for frequently being absent from work.
Emily Anderson, who was an officer from June 20, 2005, to June 3 this year, will receive $600 and 33 weeks’ pay to accept her termination from the department.
Anderson was reportedly missing work because of medical issues and causing a strain on the department’s staff. Police Chief Brian Krueger suspended Anderson on Jan. 3 and recommended to the Police Civil Service Commission that Anderson’s employment be terminated.
After a public hearing, the commission agreed with Krueger to release Anderson. Anderson then filed a grievance on Feb. 22 through her labor union and reached a tentative settlement. The Austin City Council approved the settlement at Monday night’s meeting with recommendation from its city attorney. Anderson agreed to dismiss any other potential grievances against the city or the police department.
Krueger said the settlement will allow department to find a replacement.