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Division I: No Back Pay for Reinstated Medina Officer

City of Medina v. Skinner

This case is a little complex from a procedural standpoint. Essentially, a police officer was canned and then reinstated. The city then said, “Yeah, but the commission that reinstated you didn’t have the authority to award back pay.” Now, as it happened was this challenge by the city was done under what is called a statutory writ of review. This case questioned whether the city could do that. As it turns out, the city could not. The statute addressing review of the commission’s action’s did not provide for employer review specifically. However, that does not mean the city was without a method to challenge the issuance of back pay to the officer.

The city did have the ability to use what is called a constitutional writ of review. Under this, they could still challenge this improper issuance of back pay as being outside the commission’s powers.

So what was the law at issue involving the back pay? It involved RCW 41.12.090. The statute, by its plain language, does not provide for issuance of back pay. Since the statute didn’t provide for back pay, the commission’s attempt to issue backpay was essentially exceeding its authority. The only real question, is how exceeding that authority could be challenged.

Isn’t the law fun? A strange mix of technicalities, in this case leading to the exact same result.

So what was the law at issue involving the back pay? It involved RCW 41.12.090. The statute, by its plain language, does not provide for issuance of back pay. Since the statute didn’t provide for back pay, the commission’s attempt to issue backpay was essentially exceeding its authority. The only real question, is how exceeding that authority could be challenged.

Isn’t the law fun? A strange mix of technicalities, in this case leading to the exact same result.

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