WA Legal Roundup - Washington State Supreme Court
I'm going to take a wild guess and say that this may have something to do with a union dispute. Close, fired deputy.
Kitsap fired a deputy, the guild took it to arbitration. The arbitrator said the charges were accurate (29 incidents of conduct, including untruthfulness related to his becoming obsessed with taking down child porn -- admirable, but it seems he may have gone a bit overboard), but said termination was the wrong move. Div. I overturned the decision, calling it contrary to public policy and allowed the termination. Unfortunately, when overturning an arbitrator decision for public policy, the policy has to be "explicit, well defined, and dominant." Here, the COA did not articulate such a policy, and it cannot overturn the arbitrator's decision.
The arbitrator also found that the officer be allowed to return to work upon passing a psych evaluation, but because he was unfit at the time of discharge and of the hearing, should not be entitled to back pay.