RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) - Two members of the Reno City Council are weighing in on a proposed $330,000 setttlement with Reno Deputy Police Chief Dave Evans.
Councilman Dwight Dortch and Councilwoman Neoma Jardon met with News 4 on Friday , September 20th at city hall to talk about the deal which they say is the best financial deal for the city at this point.
Deputy Chief Evans was put on paid administrative leave more than a year ago, after he was caught on tape allegedly advising a fellow officer on how to shift the blame during an internal affairs investigation.
But District Court Judge Brent Adams ruled those tapes were obtained illegally since Evans didn't know he was being recorded.
The city says appealing that decision could take years and would cost even more.
"It was a matter of paying this amount up front or paying his salary for up to four years. It became a matter of doing what's right for the overall health of the organization," Jardon told News 4.
Councilman Dwight Dortch agreed: "The court case could drag on 18-40 months and with Evans' salary and benefits at $267,000 a year it could be well over a million dollars before everything is said and done," he said.
Kent Robison, attorney for Dave Evans says the city of Reno dragged the case out by appealing Judge Brent Adams' ruling to the Nevada Supreme Court.
The city council is scheduled to vote on the settlement on Wednesday.
Coming up Monday September 23rd on News 4 at Five we'll bring you an On Your Side Investigation. We'll have more on the Dave Evans story including why it is has dragged on so long, and just how much it's costing taxpayers.