WLPD Chief Terry Timeus accepts separation package, leaves city
Editor's note: This story has been updated from its original version.
As part of a separation agreement, former West Linn Police Chief Terry Timeus — who retired at the conclusion of a long-running investigation regarding accusations that he drove under the influence of alcohol — received a lump sum payment of nine months' salary as well as additional pay from unused vacation and management leave time.
The agreement bars Timeus from suing the City or seeking future employment with the City.
While no "terminable offenses" were discovered at the conclusion of the investigation, the parties mutually agreed to part ways and Timeus retired as of Nov. 1.
The announcement was made Oct. 31 in a press release issued by the City. While Captain Neil Hennelly has served as interim police chief since Timeus was placed on paid administrative leave last July, a permanent replacement for Timeus has yet to be determined.
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"It was an honor to be part of a great department and community," Timeus said in the press release. "I will miss going to the office and interacting with the citizens of West Linn. Thank you."
"I want to thank Chief Timeus for his many accomplishments as Chief of Police of the West Linn Police Department, including overseeing the construction and completion of a new state-of-the-art police station that will serve our city for years to come," City Manager Eileen Stein said in the release. "We truly wish him and his family all the best during retirement. Our Police Department will remain dedicated to serving the community at the highest levels of service and professionalism as we begin the search for a new chief."
Stein added that the process to hire a new chief will begin in November. Hennelly, reached by phone Tuesday, declined to comment. Timeus did not respond to a request for comment.
Timeus, who arrived in West Linn as interim chief in 2005, would go on to serve as the permanent chief for 12 years. His tenure saw the construction of a new police station – which was completed in 2014 – and in the press release the City said "although some of the decisions he has made were difficult, he feels he has made a positive impact within the community as well as the police department."
Timeus said that in retirement, he will focus on family, friends and hobbies.
The turmoil at the department began when Timeus was suspended in July pending an investigation into allegations that he drove under influence of alcohol in May 2017. In late September, the Washington County District Attorney's Office — which was tasked with investigating the matter – announced that it would not file charges against Timeus. He remained on leave until today's announcement while the City conducted its own investigation regarding potential personnel policy violations.
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