Council members weigh in on Dave Evans settlement deal

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Updated: 9/21/2013 9:31 am
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.

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maggies mom - 9/25/2013 7:15 PM
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What does Lt Amy get out of this. She was thrown under the bus for reporting the Sgt who pulled a weapon on fellow officers. He recorded Evans who said to "BOMB" her. She has to work there with the hostilities while Evans walks with a wad of cash. She would have been given the key to the city for stopping a crime. Shouldn't she get rewarded? Sounds like she is the only good cop in this mess.

teedofftaxpayr - 9/24/2013 7:17 PM
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Regardless of whether he could be taped or not, he still said it. Lets see that one argued under oath. This area's whole law & order system is a joke. From Police to DA to judges, one big brotherhood.

Go Dodgers - 9/21/2013 11:35 PM
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Shift the blame? I think the correct wording should be he was telling him to lie to internal affairs about what happend and blame it on someone else. I think the key thing that everyone is missing is that the deputy chief is trying/instructing his staff to lie. How the hell did you down play this and come up with shift the blame? It almost sounds like news 4 is reporting this story as a representative for the City of Reno and its police department. God damn Joe, what are you trying to do, get a job working for the City of Reno? Things like this is proof that our justice system is falling apart. nothing but a let down and they

For Real - 9/21/2013 10:18 AM
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Chief Pitts has shown plenty of apathy and absolutely no leadership since he took over. He is also retiring within the next year after "double dipping" the system. (Collecting a retirement check and being paid to be Chief under an "LLC") If any council members read this post: Quit being cheap and quit claiming that you cannot find a person in the United States that is qualified to be our police chief. Spend the money and hire someone from OUTSIDE this area who will come in and clean house!

Justdoit - 9/21/2013 9:34 AM
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The problem is not so much as a cop and lawyer with no ethics, but more of a lack of leadership at high levels of government. What goes around always comes around. Just one more example of cronyism within the corrupt Reno government.

freedomrings - 9/21/2013 8:11 AM
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Someone within the powers that be needs to step up to the plate and put this dis-functional police dept.back in order.
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