By Diana Hefley Herald Writer
EVERETT — Arbitration proceedings are expected to begin next week for Troy Meade, a former Everett police officer who was fired over the 2009 line-of-duty shooting that killed a Stanwood man.
Jim Scharf, former Everett police chief, fired Meade in June after deeming that the officer was unfit for duty. A delayed internal investigation concluded that Meade violated department policies when he fatally shot Niles Meservey.
Meade appealed his termination and asked for the support of the Everett Police Officers Association, the union that represents the rank-and-file officers.
Union officials agreed to fight for Meade’s job, saying the termination was unjust. In September, they requested arbitration with the city. A demand for binding arbitration is an option under the union’s contract.
Both sides will be allowed to present evidence to support their positions at proceedings that will be closed to the public.
The union and city agree that the arbitrator’s decision will be final.
It is unclear how long the proceedings will take and when a decision can be expected.
A jury in 2010 acquitted Meade of murdering Meservey but also ruled that it wasn’t an act of justifiable self-defense. Meade testified that he was afraid that a drunk Meservey was going to run him down with his car. Meade fired into the back of Meservey’s car, hitting the seated man seven times.
Meade remained on paid administrative leave for about two years while the criminal case and a civil lawsuit against Everett was resolved. He was paid about $184,000 during that period.
Diana Hefley: 425-339-3463; firstname.lastname@example.org.