Florence Detective Who Was Fired/Rehired Facing Retaliation, According to Memos

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Former Florence Police Detectives Walt "Hondo" Hunter and Jarris Varnrobinson. Hunter is now the town code enforcement officer.
Despite their best efforts to get rid of Walt "Hondo" Hunter, Florence Police Chief Dan Hughes and Lieutenant Terry Tryon were forced to accept him back as a member of the Florence Police Department.

The pair orchestrated Hunter's termination in December over alleged town policy violations. But Hunter appealed and a hearing officer in October found there was no merit to his termination. (Ironically, Hunter's partner -- and the town's only black detective -- Jarris Varnrobinson, was fired on the same day over nearly identical allegations of policy violations, but his termination was not overturned.)

Reinstatement to the Florence Police Department hasn't exactly been a victory for the wrongfully terminated detective. Instead, he's being written up for asking questions, "talking over" his boss and, gasp! interrupting a chair delivery.

See also:
-Injustice for All: The Florence PD Compromised Public Safety
-Suffer the Children: How FPD Sabotaged Investigations of Slaying, Alleged Rape

-Rankin's Law: Tragic Consequences Follow Mayor's Control of Politics and Police

Records obtained by New Times show that police officials are diligently nitpicking. For instance, his boss made a note that Hunter's was disrespectful because he was "delayed" in greeting Police Chief Dan Hughes when he entered a room.

We detailed Hunter and Varnrobinson's story in Injustice for All, the first in New Times' three-part investigative series: Florence Exposed.

Since his return, the former detective was demoted twice -- from detective to patrol officer, then, stripped of his gun and badge, and demoted to a code enforcement officer. Although the hearing officer concluded there was no valid reason for the town to fire him, officials only restored half of his backpay and hit him with a pay cut.

Also, Sergeant William Tatlock, Hunter's supervisor, started a log of his interactions with Hunter that include his underling's indiscretions.

We're not making these up -- and the absurdity of Tatlock's memo couldn't be a more obvious attempt to build a case against Hunter.

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17 comments
nealscrazycasa1
nealscrazycasa1

Florence PD is like a bad dream all over again.  Will it ever stop??   Its a bad recurring dream that just won't stop.

dadadadiox
dadadadiox

Tatlock's reports remind me of a 3rd grader complaining, "He won't stop looking at me?" That guy needs a timeout.

Heartwing
Heartwing

Wow, this behavior from Florence supervisors is really ridiculous! My question is, where is the union in all of this? Don't officers pay union dues to have protection from this kind of abuse? This is the kind of behavior that you see on tv and think that it's fictional...but I guess it's not. I hope Hunter and his partner nail these guys to the wall!

robertmcdonald
robertmcdonald

No surprise, Hell I was fired by Florence Unified School District because I was a Democrat and refused to listen to right wing bs and because I was suing CCA, Florence's 2nd largest employer for wrongful termination. This doesn't surprise me one bit.

DPSnAZ
DPSnAZ

Looks like Florence PD needs a good dose of Draino!

Pamela
Pamela

Ditto for US Marshal David Gonzales.

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

It looks like Florence PD is in line for a "monitor."

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Fire every cop in Arizona and start all over again. Are there ANY ethical law enforcement agencies in this state.


But then, when you have an Atty Gen like Tom Horne, I guess expecting ethics from the rest of law enforcement is futile.

robert_graham
robert_graham

Actually they don't. Have you heard my recordings on (602) 777-6632 and (602) 926-2873 yet?

robert_graham
robert_graham

You mean fire every cop in Arizona who doesn't pander to your wishes, right?

car_del99
car_del99

@robert_graham You are very stupid...You threatened him with a bullet to his head ?.

Are you trying to be in jail.. because someone is there that you need to be with ?

enigma9000aa
enigma9000aa

@robert_graham


I guess your not the brightest person in the world what you just posted comes real close if not right at the "communicating a threat crime"!:-) Maybe a few years in a Arpaio tent city in pink undies would help you!:-)

enigma9000aa
enigma9000aa

@robert_graham


Have you sought some serious mental health treatment, do you really truly think anyone cares to hear your insane ramblings!

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