Ousted Sandy police chief Kevin Thacker received more than $100,000 from the city after being fired following allegations of inappropriate touching.
An independent report commissioned by the city last year found Thacker hugged female employees often and for “too long.”
2News has reported witnesses said he also touched women’s thighs, gave massages and made sexually explicit comments on the job. Mayor Kurt Bradburn fired Thacker in April 2018.
The revelation of a $100,006.40 payout comes in a list of claims obtained by 2News that the city of Sandy has paid this fiscal year. The document also said attorney’s fees for the “Thacker employee appeal” totaled $30,559.
The city’s spokeswoman said the settlement agreement does not allow city officials to talk about the reason for the payment.
The mayor’s office said in a statement:
In order to protect the individuals involved and to allow the Police Department to move forward, it was decided that the most prudent approach was to settle and resolve Mr. Thacker’s employment appeal.
Thacker declined an interview request but said over the phone on Wednesday: “We reached a resolution with the city, and we’re happy with it.”
Thacker disagreed with his firing at the time but said he accepted the mayor’s right to dismiss him.
A letter was read at a May 2018 council meeting from an alleged victim, saying: “What Kevin did is wrong and should not be condoned”
William O’Neal now serves as Sandy police chief. He was selected to replace Thacker in July 2018.
Correction: Another city employee, Robin Saville, resigned and received about $22,000 in severance. An earlier version of the video report incorrectly said Saville was fired. The money was part of a settlement agreement following comments about Saville that Mayor Bradburn made on social media.