Longview officer hit on job by alleged drunk driver to be fired this month
POSTED: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 - 5:09pm
UPDATED: Friday, January 11, 2013 - 3:26pm
Longview, Tx (KETK) — A group representing an injured East Texas officer is speaking out after the City of Longview decided to fire to her.
The Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas sent KETK a release to inform the public of Officer Leigh Ann Snyder's termination.
Snyder, who CLEAT says is a long time Longview police officer, was critically hurt in a wreck involving an alleged drunk driver back on December 11, 2011. Her patrol car, which had a passenger, was hit head on that morning in the 5000 block of West Loop 281 between Birdsong St. and Sabine St. Emergency crews had to used the "jaws of life" to remove her from the near fatal crash.
Ramon Antonio Dominguez, 23, of Longview, was arrested and charged with two counts of intoxicated assault. His bond was set at $100,000.
Ramon Antonio Dominguez
Since the crash, Snyder has undergone multiple surgeries and has been unable to return to duty, due to her injuries. She spent four weeks in a local hospital before she was released. CLEAT claims Snyder requested similar, light-duty assignment that had been offered to other injured officers in the past, but was denied.
The Longview Police Officers Association held multiple fundraisers and set up a personal donation account to help raise money for Snyder earlier this year.
Due to a Longview rule that states officers must return to duty within one year, Snyder will be terminated on December 11, 2012. Her representatives say this would not be possible in Tyler, Texarkana or Marshall because of protection provided under the rules of civil service.
Leaders with the LPOA have met with the city manager and other police officials asking for an exception to be made to the rule, however, city leaders have not changed their decision.
According to CLEAT, no court date has been set for Dominguez, but judicial records show him set to enter a guilty plea on January 11, 2013.
Below is information provided by the city on the policy.
The City of Longview adopted the current policy in 2007.
The original 2003 policy gave employees injured on the job 6 months to return. The policy changed in 2007 to 12 months.
The policy is for all city employees injured on the job.
The city does provide a safety net that includes disability insurance, temporary income benefit (provides 70% of gross pay untaxed for up to 2 years), and pays for 100% of medical expenses related to the accident for the rest of her life. Other benefit options are also available.
The policy adopted by the city council in 2007 does not allow for exceptions or extensions.
According to City Spokesman Shawn Hara The city of Longview policy is similar to other cities policies in the state of Texas.