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Ex-Marana chief could have job back by October

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Posted: Tuesday, July 22, 2008 11:00 pm

Former Marana assistant police chief Barbara Harris is expected to go before a review board no later than October to try to get her job back.

On July 11, the town attorney moved her July 7 formal appeal forward, stating the appeal raises an employment matter that should go before the Personnel Action Review Board, according to Deputy Town Attorney Jane Fairall.

On June 20, Harris filed a gender discrimination complaint with the town. Later that afternoon she was fired.

The review board needs to meet within 30 days of the town attorney’s memo in order to schedule a hearing date. According to the town code, the hearing must take place within 60 business days from when the appeal was deemed applicable, in this case by Oct. 6.

Two other female former officers filed gender discrimination complaints with the department last month.

Harris met with the independent investigator hired by the town to look into the discrimination complaints two weeks ago, but as of Monday morning had not received any response regarding the complaint, said Jodi Horton, her representative. Harris had been on administrative leave before her termination.

The review board has been used in the past regarding job reinstatement, notably in March, when Officer John DeStefano and dispatcher Tina Davis got their jobs back after being fired in October regarding a hit-and-run incident at a local Chuys.

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