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Deputy Police Chief Troxel On Leave Pending Investigation

Deputy Police Chief Tim Troxel has been with the department since 1984 and was promoted to deputy chief in 2007.

Deputy Chief Tim Troxel of the Renton Police Department was placed on administrative leave today, Thursday, May 3 pending an internal investigation, said City Communications Director Preeti Shridhar.

Troxel has been with the department since 1984 and was promoted to deputy chief in 2007. The Department has only one deputy chief, Shridhar said, adding that Police Chief Kevin Milosevich will take over Troxel’s duties while he is on administrative leave.

This is not related to a previous internal investigation of Troxel in 2010. The previous investigation found that Deputy Chief Tim Troxel demonstrated “unbecoming conduct” for asking an on-duty officer to help him stake out the home of his then-girlfriend, also a city employee, whom he suspected of having a relationship with someone else.

His initial proposed discipline of a 40-hour suspension without pay was reduced to 24 hours without pay when it was finalized in February 2012.

The current investigation does not involve the that surfaced last summer. 

Chief Milosevich released this statement Thursday afternoon:

 ““Effectively immediately, Deputy Police Chief Tim Troxel has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation on alleged violation of city’s policies. The Renton Police Department has sought the assistance of an outside investigator to conduct this investigation. We are unable to provide any additional details at this time to preserve the integrity of the investigation and to ensure an unbiased outcome. I will be assuming all the duties and responsibilities of the deputy chief. Once the investigation is complete we will share additional details and bring you updates on our findings and the actions we take.”

Phyllis Forister June 06, 2012 at 11:10 PM
Really? If this is so then it means our City officials are beginning to react to public input and internal input. It's a shame that they couldn't have acted before something like Mr. Fuddlesticks had to force them into action and the loss of a good Officer. Mr. Troxel is only a part of what needs to be dealt with....if in fact he has actually been removed.
Guest June 07, 2012 at 02:55 AM
Phyllis- no, it had nothing to do with the Chief, Mayor, City Manager, Human Resource Manager, or City Council doing what was right. Their backs are against the wall and they had no option due to the Public Disclosure Request made by one of their officers who had filed a complaint for threats and harassment against Sergeant Frazier who is buddies with Troxel and was being protected. The emails between Troxel and Frazier were so bad the city didn't have an option. It they did the Chief would have just given his buddy Troxel at most 5 days off! I can assure you, from what I hear any actions you see in regards to cleaning house and holding people accountable is only because their backs are not against the wall! Not because they want to do what is right!
Jeremy Schwartz June 12, 2012 at 03:19 AM
I'll leave the follow up on Troxel's investigation to the Patch and hopefully, Jenny will be able to receive public records on his investigation faster than what we would have. Good luck Jenny!
Jenny Manning August 29, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Jeremy - I finally received some, but not all the records. I requested these on June 19. I received them August 28 just before the close of business. I've made a story post here: http://patch.com/A-xv2R and am working on a more in-depth piece now.
Jeremy Schwartz August 29, 2012 at 05:25 PM
I was given a 2 week extension after being given a 4 week production of those records. The City of Renton refuses to acknowledge any email about it when I ask about delays or missing records or inadequate searches. At least others get their requests...

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