After nearly 28 years on the force, Renton Deputy Police Chief Tim Troxel was forced to retire Friday after acts of unprofessionalism and misconduct.
An independent investigation dug deep into a series of emails between Troxel and subordinates dating back to 2009.
On July 1, 2009, when talking about an officer’s work performance, Troxel allegedly refers to some subordinates as “those chimpanzees in patrol.” Others included sexual undertones, and racial and sexual slurs. He also used foul language and casualness that investigators found was unprofessional.
Police Chief Kevin Milosevich was unavailable for comment, but Renton City Spokesperson Preeti Shridhar said, “There was complete lack of judgment in a lot of the behavior."
In a letter to Milosevich, Troxel admitted to the acts but said it was "small when weighed against the considerable hours, time and caring I spend each day making the Renton Police Department a contributing member to the city and community."
“We have policies that need to be followed, especially in a position of responsibility,” said Shirdhar.
Once the facts came out, the city took swift action. Unfortunately for the City of Renton, this isn’t the first time the police department has behaved badly. Last year, a series of cartoons humiliated police officers, administrators and former city workers. Chief Milosevich believes someone in the department was responsible.
A sergeant Troxel exchanged the emails with was disciplined and temporarily reassigned to another division.