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West Valley City pulls plug on civil service commission
City Council » The move comes in the middle of panel’s probe of Shaun Cowley’s appeal of his firing.

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He said the purpose of the commission was to give citizens a voice in the appeals process.

"I believe we have been campaigning pretty big and loud that we want our citizens involved in our city," he said.

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"I want to keep people involved in this process."

Bigelow agreed with Huynh, arguing to keep "the common man" involved and to avoid bias by the one-person hearing officer. 

The city’s seven-member Professional Standards Review Board is also staffed by citizens and hears cases on hiring and firing that involve the police department.

The four council members who voted in favor of disbanding the commission cited this board as a place where citizens can still participate in the city’s appeals.

The process to hire the hearing officer will take about a month to complete.

Nicole Cottle, assistant city manager, said it’s best to move the hiring process along as quickly as possible. 

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