Brier Mayor Bob Colinas has written a letter in response to the termination of Daniel Anderson, a former police officer who alleges he was fired for responding to a shooting in Mukilteo in late July.
“It is the general policy of the City of Brier to not discuss personnel matters,” the letter from Colinas begins, then explains that the City would like to provide additional details because of what Anderson has told several media outlets.
“Mr. Anderson was let go from his probationary employment because it was determined that during his probationary employment he was not meeting the expectations of the Police Department in several key performance related matters,” the letter continues. “Prior to the Mukilteo incident, these matters were pointed out to Mr. Anderson by the Police Chief during his probationary employment in an effort to seek improvement in Mr. Anderson’s performance. Mr. Anderson was allowed to repeat his field training with a second field training officer. Ultimately this effort proved unsuccessful and a conclusion was reached that Mr. Anderson should not become a full time post-probationary officer with Brier.”
Anderson joined the Brier police force eight months ago after 25 years as a trooper with the Washington State Patrol.
However, the letter from Colinas says the Mukilteo incident did play a role in the City’s decision to terminate Anderson.
“Mr. Anderson’s decision to leave his post as the only Brier Police officer on duty to respond to the Mukilteo incident 14 miles away was another example of a performance issue,” the letter reads. “Brier has a very small police department and Mr. Anderson was the only on duty officer in the City when he elected to leave and go to Mukilteo.”
The letter also mentions that Mukilteo shares borders with Everett, Lynnwood and unincorporated areas patrolled by the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, which all have larger forces than Brier and likely had resources to lend during the incident.
To read the full letter from Colinas, click here.