PASCO -- Pasco City Manager Gary Crutchfield accepted the recommendation of his police chief and fired an officer charged with lying to investigators and trying to solicit a suspected prostitute.
Zachary J. Fairley, 32, had been on paid administrative leave since January.
An internal investigation was completed last week and the matter was turned over to Crutchfield, Police Chief Bob Metzger said.
Crutchfield said he fired Fairley after reviewing the report.
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"We hope the community doesn't paint the department with the brush he created," Crutchfield said. "The officers in the department are above reproach."
Fairley was hired by the American Red Cross after being put on leave by the police department.
The Red Cross also put him on paid leave and is conducting its own investigation.
The criminal investigation against Fairley stemmed from text messages sent between his cellphone and a phone used to make bomb threats against Columbia Basin College, according to police reports.