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Denver's Civil Service Commission has received its share of criticism in recent years, but its ruling this week that Officer Angela Simon should be discharged for "numerous deceptive acts" was

an unmistakable signal that such behavior is unacceptable.

Simon had originally been discharged by the Department of Safety for lies she told when taking unauthorized time off to attend an out-of-state wedding, but a Civil Service hearing officer had reduced her punishment to a 90-day suspension.

However, the commission took the case on appeal and reinstated the original decision. As its ruling explained, Simon disregarded the "core value of honesty and integrity" as well as proper concern for the safety of fellow officers" who were impacted by her absence.

It was the right call.

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