Former West Linn police chief, sergeant decertified for life
Former West Linn Police Chief Terry Timeus and former Sgt. Tony Reeves had their police certifications permanently revoked by the state's Board of Public Safety Standards and Training Thursday, July 22.
The news was first reported by OregonLive. The board did not discuss the cases of Reeves or Timeus during a public meeting Thursday, nor was an agenda posted for the meeting.
However, the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training Professional Standards Cases Database showed that both of their certifications had been revoked on a lifetime basis as of July 22. The reasons listed for Timeus were "dishonesty, misuse of authority, misconduct" while Reeves' file also cited dishonesty and misconduct.
DPSST Files Maintenance Specialist Rebecca Hannon confirmed to Pamplin Media Group that Thursday's ruling was part of the board's consent agenda, which was approved without discussion. The DPSST Police Policy Committee voted unanimously in May to recommend that the board permanently revoke Timeus' and Reeves' certifications.
The ruling adds a layer of finality to at least one aspect of the scandal involving WLPD's false arrest of Michael Fesser, a Black man from Portland, back in 2017. In a racial discrimination lawsuit filed against the city of West Linn, Fesser alleged that he was falsely targeted for arrest by WLPD as a favor to his then-boss, Eric Benson, who was a friend of Timeus and claimed Fesser was skimming from sales at auctions held by his towing company in Southeast Portland. Benson also believed Fesser was planning to file a workplace discrimination lawsuit against him and his company, A&B Towing.
The city eventually paid a $600,000 settlement to Fesser in 2020, at which point a slew of new details emerged about WLPD's investigation — which was led by Reeves. By that point, Timeus had retired from the WLPD following allegations of drunken driving in 2017 (the Washington County District Attorney's Office found there was not enough evidence to pursue charges against Timeus). Reeves was placed on leave and later fired by WLPD.
In May 2020, Clackamas County District Attorney John Foote recommended that both Timeus and Reeves should have their certifications revoked following a report by his office that found "deeply disturbing" misconduct by WLPD during the Fesser investigation and arrest.
Officers can have their DPSST licenses suspended for three to 10 years for misconduct and misuse of authority, and three to 10 years for dishonesty, but the Police Policy Committee has the option to increase the suspension to endure for the officer's life. The committee chose this option for both Reeves and Timeus.
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