Fired Officer: Longview city manager upholds termination

LONGVIEW/GREGG COUNTY (KYTX) - Fired Longview police officer Leigh Ann Snyder said she has received a certified letter from City Manager David Willard this afternoon.

In the letter, Willard said he has decided to uphold the Dec. 11 termination of Snyder's seven-year employment with Longview Police Department, and that his decision is final, Snyder said. Willard's decision followed a recommendation from the city's Employee Grievance Committee, which met with Snyder on Jan. 3 at Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Center.

Snyder was fired for violating a city employee policy that says employees who miss work for on-the-job injuries must return to full-time duty within 12 months or face termination. Snyder suffered several broken bones during a Dec. 11, 2011, wreck on West Loop 281, when she was responding to a business alarm and was hit head-on by another vehicle.

The driver of the other vehicle, 23-year-old Ramon Dominguez, is scheduled to enter a plea on his charge of intoxication assault stemming from the December 2011 wreck with Snyder. Dominguez's plea hearing is at 11 a.m. Friday in Gregg County's 188th District Court. Snyder says she plans to read a victim's impact statement at the hearing and that she will pursue further legal action against the City of Longview regarding her termination.

To read about the city's response following its termination of Snyder's employment, click here.


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