December 24, 2004
A Scottsdale police officer resigned and a lieutenant received a 5 percent pay cut after an investigation of misconduct involving several officers.
The investigation, which began in August, uncovered activities that ranged from officers not answering calls to having sex on duty.
Officer Glenn Jim, 41, a 14-year veteran, resigned Dec. 10. The only reason listed on the notice: "No longer wish to be employed by the city of Scottsdale." Jim used an "improper procedure" when he noted his on-duty activity under different call titles than what he was actually doing on a regular basis, according to an Internal Affairs summary.
Jim was cleared of two other accusations of failing to perform his duties and falsifying a department form that would indicate he was on fake calls or at bogus locations.
Investigators found that he had been accused of corresponding with a friend in Thailand on the Internet at the library. In another case, a suicidal man with a gun barricaded himself in an apartment that required SWAT team response.
Jim was at Scottsdale Fashion Square during the time and didn’t respond.
However, Jim said he couldn’t hear his radio and it’s true that police radios don’t function in several places at the mall, the summary said.
The findings show that Jim handled numerous radio calls a day, despite spending an "inordinate" amount of time patrolling the mall. He issued numerous parking citations at the mall, the summary said.
Jim was disciplined for an off-duty DUI on Aug. 29, 1993. His resignation was unrelated to the DUI, said Scottsdale Police Chief Alan Rodbell.
"I certainly wouldn’t go back and dig that up," Rodbell said.
Jim attempted to run from a drunken driving scene, according to police records. He was westbound on Oak Street in the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community when he failed to stop at Pima Road. He tested at 0.18 percent alcohol content and was later convicted of misdemeanor DUI.
Jim could not be reached for comment Thursday.
Lt. Stephen Yturralde, a 27-year veteran, had his pay reduced 5 percent starting Nov. 28 for six months. His pay is now $82,097. The salary range for lieutenants is $74,526 to $86,195. City officials would not release his age.
A call to Yturralde was not returned.
In October, Rodbell said he disciplined Yturralde for failing to supervise Sgt. Dan Dubois and others, but Rodbell has declined to provide details.
In a letter from Rodbell to Yturralde on Oct. 28, said, "This misconduct involved officers’ falsifications of daily activity logs, neglect of and failure to perform duties by not breaking for calls for service and calls to back up fellow officers, and creating false calls for service to avoid taking pending calls for service."
Rodbell wrote that Yturralde’s behavior was "unacceptable" as a role model for other members of the department. Not maintaining acceptable performance or continuing similar behavior will result in more severe discipline "up to and including dismissal."
Other officers involved in the misconduct investigation included:
• Officer David Kiss, who resigned in lieu of being fired for unprofessional conduct related to having sex in a police office, not performing duties and falsifying department forms.
• Officer Patricia McCormack, who resigned after she was found to have not performed duties and falsifying department forms.
• Dubois, who retired instead of taking a demotion for failing to supervise Kiss, McCormick and another officer, whose name was not disclosed at the time.