Northwest NEWS

April 12, 1999

Valley Special

City settles with Sloan

   CARNATION--The Carnation City Council last week approved a $33,000 settlement with former police Officer Frank Sloan, who filed a claim against the city after being fired last year.

   "The agreement settles the civil service appeal, the union grievance, and the arbitration process," said city administrator Woody Edvalson.

   Sloan was placed on administrative leave in February of last year while investigations were conducted by the Association of Washington Cities, the FBI, and the King County Sheriff into allegations of improper conduct and civil rights violations. Then-police Chief Gunnar Otness was placed on leave, as well. City officials claimed the action against Otness was to "preserve the integrity of the investigation."

   Mayor Jack Stein, who had instigated the investigations, resigned in March for what he said were "unrelated reasons."

   Although the King County Sheriff's report cleared Sloan, he was fired in May. Otness' contract as police chief was not renewed. Sloan claimed the city owed him $60,000 in back pay.

   Edvalson said last week that the city has denied a claim Otness filed last year. "That's where it stands right now," he said.