Mo. police consultant left Wash. job under scandal

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TACOMA, Wash. (AP) -- The man hired to review a troubled Missouri police department was himself forced from a position as a Washington state city manager after contributing to an apparent cover-up of a delayed Amber Alert response to a girl's abduction in 2007.

Tacoma's council voted in July not to extend former City Manager Eric Anderson's contract and removed him from office following a string of controversies.

Police said the delayed Amber Alert didn't factor into the girl's murder.

The Tacoma News Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/zox8wZ ) Anderson was paid $45,000 by his former intern, Columbia, Mo., City Manager Mike Matthes, to review the city's police department following complaints about its leadership and low officer morale.

Columbia City Councilman Jason Thornhill says he's comfortable with Anderson after Matthes gave him a personal recommendation.

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Information from: The News Tribune, http://www.thenewstribune.com