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West Valley City police officer reinstated

WEST VALLEY CITY Utah (ABC 4 Utah ) - He is a lieutenant once again. John Coyle was handed back his rank by West Valley's Civil Service Commission.
WEST VALLEY CITY Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - He is a lieutenant once again.
John Coyle was handed back his rank by West Valley's Civil Service Commission. The city demoted Coyle to a rank and file officer following a series of problems with the unit he was over.

"Pleasantly surprised" said his attorney Erik Strindberg who could not attend Thursday morning's hearing. “I am sure he (Coyle) is over the moon.”

The commission ruled that while Coyle violated police policies the demotion was unwarranted.

"That's was exactly the position we took at the hearing," says Strindberg. "There were clearly some technical violations of policy. But they were not the egregious violations that have been bantered around."

But the city may appeal Thursday's ruling.
According to police Chief Lee Russo attorneys and staff are preparing to take that step.

“Our position is we disagree with the boards finding,” says Chief Russo. “We believe the motion request was appropriate and was justifiable. Our attorneys and staff are reviewing the decision now for an appeal which I strongly feel will occur.”

Meanwhile, Coyle will be back on the force as a lieutenant and with backpay.

“John is one of those people you want as a police officer,” says Strindberg. “He is bright, he is educated and he is dedicated. He wanted to continue to be an effective police officer and supervisor and serve the people of West Valley City, make it a safe and decent place to live and this will enable for him to do that.”

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