Rehiring of fired Spokane police sergeant on hold

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- The rehiring of a fired Spokane police officer is on hold to give the state more time to investigate his complaint that the city refused to accommodate his alcoholism disability.

Spokane Mayor David Condon thought the city had a deal to rehire Sgt. Brad Thoma at a lower rank and give him back pay of $275,000. The settlement was to go to the city council on Monday and settle his civil complaint and resolve a Police Guild grievance and state Human Rights Commission complaint.

Condon learned Thursday the commission wants another 30 days for its investigation.

Condon told The Spokesman-Review (http://is.gd/iJ91CJ ) he doesn't want to rehire Thoma but may have to for legal reasons.

Thoma was fired in 2009 after his arrest for leaving the scene of an accident.

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Information from: The Spokesman-Review, http://www.spokesman.com