Michael Smith Deputy City Attorney For Tacoma Police Department – Returned to Work When?

Michael Smith - Deputy City Attorney for the Tacoma Police Department

This morning I woke up to find I had received an email from Lisa Anderson the Tacoma City Disclosure Assistant. This email came completely out of the blue considering I have never made an official FOIA request for this information.

Though I did so unofficially at a Tacoma City Council Meeting on 27 October 2015.

This would be funny if it were not so sad.  I keep getting “no documents responsive” to my original FOIA about a policing issue.  Over and over again I get “no documents responsive”, even when I had attorney Kenan Isitt write a very nice letter saying the response seemed insufficient.

Here is the problem with this “so called” response about Michael Smith – Deputy City Attorney to the Tacoma Police Department’s return to work from administrative paid leave.  Notice the dates, they say he came back on 12 October 2015 and that his duties were reassigned, yet the document is not actually signed or dated until 20 October 2015, which is exactly the day there started to be real questions about the City of Tacoma’s timeline.

Does it seem logical to anyone else that the City of Tacoma didn’t see fit to document anything until questions started flying concerning whether or not he actually was on paid administrative leave?  I am no HR expert but wouldn’t it make more sense that the day he returned he would have been counseled in some way and if anything was signed it would have been at the same time?

20 October 2015 – Michael Smith was arraigned on DUI and Hit and Run Charges.  Alexis Krell wrote an article in the Tacoma News Tribune where the city seems to state or refuses to clear up whether he is on leave.  I called Alexis Krell to verify her article.  She follows up with me to let me know that the city is going to provide her a document about his leave the next day or so and magically she gets one.  Now to be clear, I am not sure if we are both in the possession of the same document, but…. HMMM….

Tacoma police legal adviser pleads not guilty to DUI charge

A Tacoma police legal adviser pleaded not guilty to a drunken-driving charge Tuesday.

Let’s make no mistake DUI with a 2.1 BAC and Hit and Run are serious and concerning charges for anyone.  However, it is especially egregious behavior when you are the Deputy City Attorney for a police department.  When you are, if I understand correctly responsible for defending the police in Internal Affairs cases, you are simply just held to an even higher standard than Billy Bob off the street.

HERE IS YOUR SIGN

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