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Arizona Assistant Chief Fired for Hacking

March 27, 2013  | 

Only two years ago, Kathy Kirkham was Mesa's top ranking female police officer as an assistant police chief, with glowing reviews praising her commitment to excellence.

But on March 11, Kirkham was terminated three days short of qualifying for her pension, which includes 50% of her salary for life and lifetime medical benefits.

Steve Wright, a city spokesman, said Kirkham was terminated for cause and has appealed her dismissal. "It involved accessing a computer database without authorization," Wright said without elaborating exactly how she used the email.

Ryan Russell, the president of the Mesa Police Association told the Arizona Republic the firing is an injustice and denied allegations that she misused Police Chief Frank Milstead's email.

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Ima Leprechaun @ 3/29/2013 4:16 PM

Just seeing it was in Arizona explained everything.

Ken @ 4/3/2013 5:13 PM

Don't know the whole story, BUT . . . three days short of qualifying for her pension?!!! Sounds like an excuse to deny someone their hard earned pension for a minor offense. I'm sure the Chief didn't push for that . . . right?

AZRider @ 4/4/2013 6:51 AM

More nonsense from the very Mormon Mesa PD. Sounds vindictive to me and after some of the scandals in Mesa, perhaps retribution.

[email protected] @ 4/4/2013 9:27 AM

Azrider: Not Mormon, just a carry-over from Phx PD. Chief & Butt Buddy are carring on the BS they were taught in Phx. And Ken: You nailed it. Blues, watch your six.

Sherry @ 5/5/2013 12:21 PM

Sounds like BS to me. The sheriff can embezzle 99 million dollars and get away with it. the bigger the crook you are the more you get away with. people around there better keep the eyes open as this is a really big deal and that would be something to go shooting up a work place for. People are really getting tired of getting screwed over, raped legally, raked over the coals, assets taken then to have a public defender that your tax dollars pay for, screw you by not giving you proper representation. the carnage just goes on and on and on.

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