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By Pam Stevens
Managing Editor 

Granite Falls Police Chief Dennis Taylor terminated

 

Granite Falls lost their police chief earlier this month.

Police Chief Dennis Taylor received an email from the city clerk on October 2 while he was in Spokane at a training conference that Mayor Haroon Saleem had decided to terminate him. Taylor's last official day was November 1.

"He will be entitled to his contractual severance pay if he signs a release of claims, as provided for in the agreement," the press release sent out by the city states.

In April 2011, Taylor was voted by city council to become the city's police chief after the resignation of former Police Chief Tony Domish.

According to the press release sent out by the city, the mayor is able to terminate the chief with or without cause.

It stated, "Under the 'without cause' provision, the mayor can terminate Chief Taylor's employment for any reason. The mayor has determined that the city's police department needs to proceed in a new direction."

Taylor was immediately placed on administrative leave and will be answering questions by Officer Don Lauer who will be acting as the interim chief. After that the press release states that, "Chief Taylor will otherwise have no official duties for the city."

Taylor started out in the Granite Falls Police Department while serving as a Sergeant in the Snohomish County Sheriff's Department. The city started contracting with the Sheriff's Office until Taylor was brought on full time in the spring of 2011.

The city has had talks with the Snohomish County Sheriff's office in the past regarding contracting for police services.

The Pilhcuk Foundation has been working aggressively to raise funds to keep the Granite Falls Police Department open and was shocked and saddened by the chief's firing.

"The Pilchuck Foundation has strongly supported both the principles and the practices that Chief Dennis Taylor has brought to the department and to his position as Police Chief. From the perspective of the Foundation, there is no justification for a change in his role, but in our form of City government, the Chief serves at the pleasure of the Mayor," it read in a statement. "Whether we agree or disagree on any specific personnel action, it is not the Foundation's role to take a position. We do, however, have the highest regard and respect for Dennis Taylor, and he will remain a valued member of the Pilchuck Foundation Board, in his role as advisor. Members of the Foundation are entitled (as citizens) to form their own opinions, but their opinions, expressed or unexpressed, do not constitute a position on behalf of the Foundation."

and was shocked and saddened by the chief's firing.

"The Pilchuck Foundation has strongly supported both the principles and the practices that Chief Dennis Taylor has brought to the department and to his position as Police Chief. From the perspective of the Foundation, there is no justification for a change in his role, but in our form of City government, the Chief serves at the pleasure of the Mayor," it read in a statement. "Whether we agree or disagree on any specific personnel action, it is not the Foundation's role to take a position. We do, however, have the highest regard and respect for Dennis Taylor, and he will remain a valued member of the Pilchuck Foundation Board, in his role as advisor. Members of the Foundation are entitled (as citizens) to form their own opinions, but their opinions, expressed or unexpressed, do not constitute a position on behalf of the Foundation."

 

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