City upholds termination of Longview officer injured by drunk driver

Wednesday, January 9, 2013 - 6:14pm

In a letter Wednesday, the Longview City Manager David Willard upheld the decision to terminate Officer Leigh Ann Snyder.

Officer Snyder was critically injured after her vehicle was hit by an uninsured drunk driver on the job back in December 2011. Since the crash, Snyder has undergone multiple surgeries and has been unable to return to duty, due to her injuries. She spent four weeks in a local hospital before she was released.

Snyder appealed the termination in December and took her case before a committee on January 3. It was denied Wednesday afternoon.

"This is the end of the process on our end," said city Spokesperson Shawn Hara on what will happen next.

In 2007, the city changed their policy to allow employees to remain off duty for 12 months before being terminated. Prior to that time, workers would be terminated after six months.

Snyder is the fifth city employee and first police officer to be terminated under this policy.

 

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