The City of Marco Island has received a favorable ruling from Arbitrator Mark Lurie in the case of former patrol officer John Derrig.
Derrig had filed a grievance against the City, claiming that he was terminated without just cause. However, the arbitrator determined that Derrig's actions violated the police department's policies and procedures.
According to the ruling, Derrig was insubordinate when he failed to respond to calls for service and was untruthful when questioned about his actions. He was also found to have neglected his job duties during his shift. The arbitrator agreed with the City's argument that the investigative process was fair and that Derrig's due process rights were observed. As a result, the decision to terminate Derrig's employment has been upheld.
The arbitrator also noted that the City's witnesses were credible, while Derrig's credibility was severely damaged by his testimony during the investigative process and during the hearing. The arbitrator's decision is available upon public records request.
The City of Marco Island is pleased with the outcome of the arbitration and believes that it is important to hold police officers accountable for their actions. The City is committed to upholding the highest standards of conduct for its officers and ensuring that they serve the community with integrity and professionalism.