A Denver panel on Monday upheld the firing of a police officer accused of repeatedly lying, manipulating her schedule and skipping work to attend her sister's wedding.
Officer Angela Simon
had requested time off for June 1-14, 2014, to attend the wedding, but was only approved for June 3-14, according to a report from the Civil Service Commission.
Simon went on to "finagle her schedule so that records indicated that she had been granted all of her requested time off; including June 1 and 2," the report said.
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Police commander Tony Lopez, who oversaw the time off request, says he made it clear that Simon should report for duty on both June 1 and 2, the report said.
"Officer Simon made it equally clear that she did not care and that regardless, she would not be at work," the report said.
When Simon did not report for duty on those two days, Lopez filed a complaint and an internal investigation issued disciplinary action for three rule violations — misleading or inaccurate statements, commission of a deceptive act, and conduct prejudicial.
The city fired Simon, but she appealed, claiming that the deputy director of safety didn't clearly state that her conduct violated the three rules. Her penalty was reduced by a hearing officer to a 90-day suspension. She appealed again to the full commission.
Ultimately, the commission rejected her appeal and instead found that this was "not a case where Officer Simon was faced with the agonizing decision of choosing between the exigent physical safety of her family and her general obligation to serve the public," but that, simply put, "Officer Simon wanted to attend a wedding."
The panel reversed the 90-day suspension and re-imposed the firing, the report said.