On Monday, Denver's Civil Service Commission issued an order that Nixon and Divine should be temporarily reinstated because the city had missed a deadline.
After a commission hearing panel overturned Garcia's firing of Divine and Nixon in January, the city appealed the panel's decision, and asked the commission to stay the pair's reinstatement until commissioners could rule on the city's appeal -- but the city attorney's office missed the filing deadline by four days.
That was the reason the commission gave on Monday when it ordered that the two cops be returned to the force pending a hearing on the city's appeal.
Not surprisingly, the order outraged those who've followed the case, including the Colorado Progressive Coalition's Miriam Pena, who was present at the restaurant that evening and is friends with one of the women now suing the officers. That suit was filed on time.
On Tuesday, Manager of Safety Alex Martinez announced that he was adding a new deputy manager, retired judge Jess Vigil, in charge of police discipline. Although Martinez said the move was not connected with the Civil Service Commission order issued the day before, let's hope a calendar comes with Vigil's new job.
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