GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Five police officers and another police employee could lose their jobs after being accused of having sex with a female dispatcher at police headquarters, The Grand Rapids Press reported Tuesday, citing an unnamed person close to the investigation.
City Manager Kurt Kimball on Tuesday confirmed to The Associated Press he had suspended some workers without pay and ordered a discharge hearing for them at the recommendation of outgoing police Chief Harry Dolan. The workers last week had been suspended with pay.
Kimball would not say why the employees were being disciplined, only that there was an investigation.
No date was set for the discharge hearing but it typically takes about two weeks to arrange for one, Kimball said.
He declined to confirm the number of affected employees. The city's labor relations manager, George Childers, earlier said four to six employees from the police department had been placed on leave.
The men were implicated last week after investigators found computer messages to them from the woman, said The Grand Rapids Press, citing multiple people who declined to be identified.
Dolan called the allegations "disturbing" but withheld details.
"We've got to maintain the integrity of the investigation," he told the newspaper.
The AP left a telephone message Tuesday at Dolan's office seeking more information about the matter.
The former female employee reportedly engaged in sex with up to 10 police department employees. Trysts with four of them supposedly occurred outside of work hours and those workers remain on the job, the people told the paper.
According to the city's Web site, the Grand Rapids police department has 337 uniformed officers and 100 civilian employees.
David Leonard, president of the Grand Rapids Police Officers Association, said the five police officers being disciplined will fight Dolan's plan to fire them. The union does not represent the sixth suspended employee.
"I do think the action they've taken is too severe," Leonard told the newspaper Tuesday. "I don't believe this is minor; there should be discipline. But this is a rule violation that does not rise to the level of termination."
This is Dolan's final week before he leaves for a new job as the police chief of Raleigh, N.C. Dolan said he has told leaders there of the issue and they are supportive of him.