Two veteran Tacoma police officers retired at the beginning of the year to take advantage of a one-time incentive from the City of Tacoma.
Sgt. Leona Ellis and officer Ken Hall joined seven other members of the Tacoma Police Department in accepting the $12,000 lump-sum buyout. Their retirements took effective Sunday.
The city offered the incentive as a way to help deal with a projected $31 million budget shortfall. The hope the retirements would off-set the need to layoff other employees.
Citywide, 58 employees took advantage of the offer.
Ellis had been with the Tacoma Police Department for more than 36 years. She’d been working in patrol. Ellis won a landmark sexual harassment lawsuit against the city in 1981.
Hall had been an officer six days shy of 32 years. His most recent assignment was in the Administrative Services Bureau, working on the department’s laptops.