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City of Idaho Falls settles lawsuit with police officers

The City of Idaho Falls settled a lawsuit this week filed by seven police officers. All of them are current employees of the Idaho Falls Police Department.

Tim Downs, Spencer Steele, Josh Deede, Eric Anderson, Kyle Christopherson and Stephen Avery. The seventh Plaintiff, Leendert Van Hulten, passed away during pending action.

In August of last year, Judge Stephens ordered an injunction, which has prevented the City of Idaho Falls from making any promotions to the rank of sergeant.

Chief Mark McBride gave the following statement: “I appreciate all who have worked to resolve the legal action regarding civil service rules. The parties met together in good faith to resolve this matter. Thanks to the diligent efforts of both sides, we will now move forward. During the litigation period, officers never shirked their responsibilities. They continue to display dedication to protecting and serving the community.”

According to a press release from the City of Idaho Falls in determining which of the Plaintiffs will be promoted to the sergeant position, Chief McBride will seek input from the police department command staff.

Other parts of the agreement include the city paying all of the plaintiffs attorney fees totaling $22,878.

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