Portland City Council OK’s Cop Having Sex on Duty

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The Portland City Council unanimously agreed to pay an officer who was suspended for the same offense twice, amounting to about $2,000 for back pay and restore 100 hours of vacation pay. Officer Sherise Hobbs was caught twice, once in 2002 and once in 2005, having sex with former police Sgt. Eric Torgerson, while they were on the job.

Hobbs was suspended twice after the incidents, in which she failed to notify dispatch of her whereabouts while she was having her romantic interludes. In 2005, a job performance review recommended terminating the officer, citing repeated incidents of misuse of equipment and work time. The review also noted “evasiveness and inability to answer questions directly” and her “rationalization and minimization” of her conduct.

The police union filed a grievance on Hobb’s behalf against the city in Feb. 2007 claiming the 7 ½ week suspension for the second incidence was too severe. After three years, as the parties were about to go to arbitration, the city agreed to settle the matter. The other officer involved in the relationship, Torgerson, was fired from the force after he was arrested twice in a domestic violence matter.

The Oregonian

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