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I-Team: Embattled Boulder City Police Chief Fired

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Former Boulder City Police Chief Tom Finn. Former Boulder City Police Chief Tom Finn.
Former Chief Tom Finn speaks with I-Team reporter George Knapp. Former Chief Tom Finn speaks with I-Team reporter George Knapp.

BOULDER CITY, Nev. -- Boulder City Police Chief Tom Finn was fired Monday morning shortly after arriving at work.  

"I was fired. I got an option to resign. I turned it down. The other option was termination," Finn said.

Finn has been embroiled in a nasty dispute with city leaders, accusing the power structure, which is mostly-Mormon, of conspiring to get rid of him because he does not share the same faith.

The handwriting has been on the wall for awhile. Finn had been on medical leave for several weeks and knew that the day he returned to work would likely be his last, especially after he filed several ethics complaints aimed at the mayor, city manager, city attorney, and others, alleging a widespread pattern of nepotism and other transgressions.

Finn said his fate was sealed months ago when he got into beefs with Boulder City Councilman Cam Walker and Walker's friend and fellow church member attorney Stephen Stubbs over issues that arose during a meeting of the Mongols Motorcycle Club in Boulder City.

Finn said his relationship with City Attorney Dave Olsen, also a Mormon, was previously strained because the chief had complained about a lack of DUI enforcement by Olsen's office.

In a series of ethics complaints filed with the state and an employment discrimination complaint filed with the feds, Finn alleges that Walker, Olsen, and Stubbs worked together to get rid of him. He claims they, along with Mayor Roger Tobler, pressured the city manager to fire or discipline Finn.

Finn knows that once he filed the complaints, his days as police chief were numbered.

I-Team: "You sort of sealed your own fate when you did that, didn't you?"

Finn: "I did. It was the right thing to do."

I-Team: "And you will continue to fight on those issues?"

Finn: "Absolutely. It does not change my resolve in any way."

Mayor Roger Tobler says city leaders were solidly in Finn's corner, even after complaints surfaced about police harassment of the Mongols during their get together last summer. However, it all changed in November when Finn filed a lawsuit and named city officials.

Tobler admits that four of the five members of the city council are Mormons, as are the city manager and city attorney, but denies there is any sort of Mormon mafia calling the shots in Boulder City, adding that Finn filed his complaints and lawsuits only after he failed to get a settlement from the city to walk away from the job.

"He asked for the settlement basically of $200,000. Shortly after that, I believe, our prior city manager and HR director met with him and it went up to $250,000 that he wanted," Tobler said.

Finn said he can prove that Tobler, Walker, and others worked behind the scenes to get rid of him and that the city initiated three internal investigations to look for ammunition against him months before he filed his lawsuit or ethics complaints. Finn certainly knew the day was coming when he would need a box to clean out his desk, but it still stings.

"The first time in my 59 years that I have ever been terminated from a job," said Finn.

Stephen Stubbs, the attorney for the Mongols, who basically led the charge to get Finn fired, said a small piece of justice has been served, adding, people who commit multiple felonies don't belong in law enforcement and shouldn't be chief of police.

Motion for Reconsideration filed April 12 by Chief Finn's attorney

Stubbs said he hopes Finn "gets the mental health services that he needs." Finn will be back in court later this week seeking to reinstate his lawsuit against Stubbs and others.





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