The following is an excerpt from a recording of Reno's deputy police chief Dave Evans, speaking to his friend and fellow officer Sgt. Jim Stegmaier last year:
"What you do with Amy, you gotta bomb her. Bomb the (expletive) out of her . Anything you can think of. Then put all of the attention on Amy and see how you're treated in the process."
Evans was reportedly advising Stegmaier on how to shift the blame during an internal affairs investigation. Stegmaier had been accused of pointing his gun at other officers while on duty. Evans didn't know Stegmaier was recording the conversation, but apparently realized he should not have been speaking to Stegmaier about this topic.
"You never told me this. If I knew this officially I'd have to step down," Evans went on to say in the recording.
The tapes became the focus of an internal investigation at the Reno Police Department. Insiders tell News 4 Evans was likely to be fired.
And the case was moving forward. Evans was put on paid administrative leave in August of 2012. On December 19th the city's discipline review board made its recommendation to police chief Steve Pitts for firing. But eight days later on December 27th, Evans filed suit, before the chief had acted on the review board's recommendation.
"I believe Mr. Evans was insecure that the chief was going to fire him," said Reno's deputy city attorney Jack Campbell.
And that's where this case bogged down. Washoe District Court Judge Brent Adams ruled the secret recordings, the heart and soul of this case, violated city policy and could not be used in the investigation.
So the city appealed that ruling to the Nevada Supreme Court. And they were told they might wait three years or longer to get a ruling from the court.
Evans' attorney Kent Robison says he blames the city for stalling this case by filing that appeal.
But the fact is with Evans still being paid his full salary of $267,000 a year including benefits, city officials say they simply couldn't afford to wait this case out.
"At his salary of $267,000 it might have been a million dollars by the time all was said and done," said Reno city councilman Dwight Dortch.
Deputy city attorney Jack Campbell says the city's hands are tied because of the dollars involved. And he says the irony of this case is not lost on him or anyone at city hall. The city is now faced with the prospect of making a big payout to an employee the city was trying to fire.
"I think this case frustrates everybody in the community," Campbell said.
But a settlement may be the only viable option as the city looks to cut its losses and turn the page on an ugly and costly chapter at the Reno Police Department.
It's important to keep in mind, on top of the $330,000 outlined in the settlement., Evans would also get more than $100,000 in back pay for sick and vacation time. So the total payout would be closer to $450,000. And under this deal, Evans stands to earn almost $100,000 a year in state retirement benefits for the rest of his life.
The city council is scheduled to vote on the settlement proposal on Wednesday, September 25th.