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For accused Salt Lake City deputy chief, clock is ticking

Published March 7, 2014 3:39 pm

SLCPD • Nearing retirement eligibility, he allegedly violated harassment policy.
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Salt Lake City police are disclosing few details about the harassment allegations against a deputy chief, but the veteran officer may be watching the calendar as his 20-year retirement eligibility date approaches.

Deputy Chief Rick Findlay has been on leave since Nov. 8.

Police Chief Chris Burbank on Friday issued a statement confirming Findlay is under investigation for allegations he violated Salt Lake City's harassment policy.

"All parties in this matter are governed by confidentiality rules and protected by due process until the matter is concluded," Burbank said in a statement. "As a result, this statement constitutes the extent of public remarks at this time."

Salt Lake City last week denied a Salt Lake Tribune records request for police department internal affairs reports discussing Findlay's case, saying it could hamper a pending investigation. The city did say that no discipline has been issued to Findlay.

City records show Findlay started at the police department June 1, 1994. Utah police officers who started during that time become eligible for a number of retirement benefits after 20 years of employment. (The system has since been changed to make most retirement benefits begin after 25 years.)

If Findlay is terminated between now and June, he likely would have to find police work elsewhere in Utah to become eligible for those benefits.

Findlay could not be reached for comment Thursday night.

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