WENATCHEE - Chelan County sheriff’s deputy Jennifer Tyler has been fired, Sheriff Brian Burnett confirmed Friday.
Tyler, who has been on leave since December following a unsuccessful run for Chelan County sheriff, was notified of her termination Aug. 29.
In late December, the Chelan County Human Resources Department received workplace complaints regarding Tyler, alleging violations of policies and procedures of the sheriff’s office. Chelan County retained two outside investigators to conduct the investigations.
“Both investigations resulted in findings of workplace policy violations,” Burnett stated. “The findings of the independent investigation by the Chelan County Human Resources Department and the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office resulted in the termination decision.”
Burnett stated he could provide further details due to ongoing litigation.
Tyler plans to appeal her termination.
Tyler, a deputy since 2006, was fired in 2010 and rehired in 2013 after an arbitrator determined she was wrongfully terminated. Tyler filed a lawsuit and was awarded $500,000 as Tyler said in the lawsuit she was ostracized and wrongly disciplined on the Chelan County force after giving testimony in a rape trial against a sheriff who employed her in Oklahoma years ago.
Tyler then ran against Burnett as a write-in candidate, and says the sheriff’s subsequent disciplinary actions stem in part from her political activity.
Tyler filed a second lawsuit in May against the sheriff’s office, alleging retaliation, discrimination, negligence and harassment in the workplace, according to court records. Her latest lawsuit also alleges that the internal investigation that has now led to her termination is part of a pattern of professional retaliation.