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Lakewood Officer Terminated for Misconduct After Investigation of Theft from Police Funds

Lakewood Police officer Brian Wurts has been terminated for misconduct. Wurts was on paid leave while police investigated his role in stealing money from the LPD Officers Charity and Police Guild.

From Lakewood Police:

Officer Brian Wurts has been terminated from the Lakewood Police Department. He has been on paid administrative leave since Feb. 9, 2012 while under investigation for his role in assisting Skeeter Manos with theft from police charity groups.

Manos was terminated in Feburary for stealing money from the LPD Officers Charity and Police Guild. (Read previous coverage on Lakewood-JBLM Patch).

LPD asked the Tacoma Police Department to conduct a criminal investigation to determine if any crimes had been committed by Officer Wurts. Their investigation did not result in the charging of any crimes. An internal investigation was then conducted, which resulted in the termination on Dec. 28 for misconduct, as it relates to the Lakewood Police Department Manual of Standards.

No other details are available at this time due to the appeals process and any possible future litigation.

Virginia Wurts January 07, 2013 at 03:21 AM
Brian has worked diligently, giving many hours for the citizens of his community, his department, and fellow officers. When our four dear officers were taken, Brian went into high gear with passion and honor to make change. He spoke numerous times in front of the public, spoke in front of government panels, our Governor, Chris Gregoire, and many concerned citizens. Brian was instrumental in bringing change to laws that have been put in place to protect his community. Brian's motives to bring change are based on his unselfish heart to make a difference in a world where wrong often seems right. With determination, and perserverance Brian ran for State Representative, while serving as a Lakewood Police Officer. He also served as Guild President, and as a representative for WA Cops. Many of these given hours were volunteered time. Brian, from day one of the senseless violent acts of November 29th, 2009, set out to speak out for change, with strong support. He has served his community well. For 10 &1/2 months, we have watched our son stay strong and faithful and believe that justice will prevail. The support that has been given to Brian during these past 10 months speaks volumes to his character and to the positive impact he has made in his community. It is indeed a tragedy that Brian was betrayed by his good friend and partner of 10 years. We continue to pray for truth to be heard. We support our son, and ask for your continued support. Gary & Virginia Wurts
richard tenney January 07, 2013 at 03:27 AM
In support of Brian Wurts, my husband and I will be attending the Lakewood City Council meeting, Monday at 7:00 pm at City Hall,6000 Main St. SW . All who would like to voice thier opinions should really come and do so. A wrong has been done and as residents of Lakewood we need this to be resolved. Richard and Suzanne Tenney
S. Sully January 08, 2013 at 09:46 PM
Without knowing all of the facts in this case there were no criminal charges filed but he lost his job for misconduct after an internal investigation so there must have been some type of protocol that he didn't follow. Just like any other job there is always the chance that you will lose your job if you don't follow the rules by the book.
Gary Wurts January 12, 2013 at 01:12 AM
The FBI cleared Brian, The Tacoma Police cleared Brian, but Brian was put on administrative leave anyway 72 hours after he (as the union president) filed a complaint against Chief Farrer for wrongfully terminating another Lakewood officer? Why isn't the Chief under investigation? Why can't The Lakewood Police Department get anyone to join the department after an open house? All of these questions will be answered in court and not by the general public who obviously hasn't a clue about the Department issues with its leadership
Bob Roberts February 02, 2013 at 04:45 PM
Hey JB, When you get off your doughnut break, there are some old ladies jaywalking Bridgeport Way you'll probably want to arrrest.

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