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Sandy Mayor Kurt Bradburn fires police chief Kevin Thacker after independent investigation

Posted at 4:10 PM, Apr 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-25 00:01:46-04

SANDY, Utah -- Sandy Mayor Kurt Bradburn fired police chief Kevin Thacker Tuesday afternoon.

Bradburn announced the firing at a 4 p.m. news conference.

“I made the decision to terminate his employment with Sandy City, effective immediately,” Bradburn said.

Thacker had been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an independent investigation.

“There were multiple corroborating individuals who witnessed Chief Thacker engage in inappropriate touching and unprofessional conduct with employees," Bradburn said.

The mayor said he hopes the quick action will let residents know that such behavior is unacceptable.

“In the report’s opinion, this was not behavior that we could continue to tolerate at the workplace.”

Deputy Police Chief William O’Neal, who has been serving as the interim chief since Thacker was placed on administrative leave, will continue in that role as the city of Sandy conducts a nationwide job search.