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Attorney reiterates embattled West Valley City detective will be fired

WEST VALLEY CITY (ABC 4 News) – Questions have come up as to whether or not a West Valley Police Detective at the center of corruption allegations will keep his job. The city saying one it’s too soon to tell, while the attorney’s office representing him is saying the detective has been told he’s gone. ABC 4 is learning both are right.
WEST VALLEY CITY (ABC 4 News) – Questions have come up as to whether or not a West Valley Police Detective at the center of corruption allegations will keep his job. The city saying one it’s too soon to tell, while the attorney’s office representing him is saying the detective has been told he’s gone. ABC 4 is learning both are right.

"It was indicated that they would terminate him," said Bret Rawson, Attorney representing Fraternal Order of Police.

"It's premature to say that he's been told he's terminated," said Aaron Crim, West Valley City Spokesperson.

Both these men are talking about West Valley Police Detective Shaun Cowley, and by the sound of things they don't agree on whether or not he'll keep his job.

"No decision has been made at all, in fact the Police Chief is the only person who can make that decision, she's not determined anything," said Crim.

"He has been notified that it's going to be recommended to the Chief that he be fired," said Rawson.

So which one should you believe? The answer is both.

Monday ABC 4 Reporter Brian Carlson sat down with Attorney Bret Rawson who represents Utah’s Fraternal Order of Police and he said West Valley City told him directly they plan to fire Cowley. Last Friday he detailed it all in a letter released to ABC 4, claiming Cowley was out in the next 7-10 days.

Cowley's name pops up repeatedly in 19 drug cases recently dismissed by the Salt Lake County District Attorney, Cowley was one of two officers who shot and killed 21 year old Danielle Willard last November and Cowley was a member of the West Valley City Police Neighborhood Narcotics Unit now being investigated by the FBI for corruption.

While Rawson agrees with West Valley City Spokesperson Aaron Crim, that the police chief has not yet given Cowley the pink slip, he said it's on its way.

"At the deputy chief level, the initial level of review, it was indicated that they would terminate him," said Rawson.

He said the only step left is for deputy chiefs to recommend Cowley's termination to Acting West Valley Police Chief Anita Schwemmer. That tiny clarification now adds new perspective to Carlson’s conversation last Friday with the city spokesperson.

"She has not determined anything, and it's still on going," said Rawson.

At the time of the interview with West Valley City, police confirmed Cowley is still on paid administrative leave. But as one of his legal representatives stated that “on going” process could change in as early as Thursday.

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