The Bellevue City Council has unanimously reversed an earlier decision by city officials to fire Police Officer Roger Anderson.
At Monday’s meeting, the council approved a settlement that allows Anderson to retire with full pension benefits.
The negotiated settlement has been in the works for several weeks between Anderson’s lawyer, Steve Delaney, and the city’s law firm of Adams & Sullivan.
In January, then-Police Chief John Stacey fired Anderson, after learning that he used an hour he had claimed as sick time to administer a firearms test to former colleague Chris Parent. Stacey had gone to great lengths to keep Parent off the force.
Anderson’s firing came 40 days before his 55th birthday, the day he planned to retire and when he would have earned his full pension after 29 years with the department.
Anderson’s lawyer appealed the termination. Had it been upheld, Anderson would have lost about $200,000 from his $550,000 pension fund.
Bellevue City Councilman David Sanborn said he was pleased that the council approved the settlement and resolved the matter. The council had no role in the firing of Anderson, he said.
Anderson’s termination was recommended by Stacey and approved by City Administrator Daniel Berlowitz.
Stacey resigned earlier this month, after learning that the city planned to suspend him for making an inappropriate remark to a 12-year-old girl and that officials also planned to consider additional discipline related to a misdemeanor handgun charge against him.
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