Former Deputy Chief Jim Jolliffe engaged in a pattern of disrespect and poor performance, according to an investigation report that resulted in his demotion to captain.

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An eight-month pattern of disrespect and unacceptable performance led to the demotion of Bellevue Deputy Police Chief Jim Jolliffe to captain, according to an independent investigation report.

In a blistering discipline notice that accompanied the report’s release this week, Chief Steve Mylett wrote that Jolliffe displayed a lack of interest in his job, insolence toward the new chief and an unwillingness to follow Mylett’s expectations for leadership and professional conduct.

“Your behavior is incompatible with you remaining in a Deputy Chief position. It should be readily apparent that a Deputy Chief in any police department cannot exhibit a pattern of disrespectful and insolent behavior and disengagement from the position. These most recent incidents are the culmination of unacceptable performance and conduct which I have brought to your attention and can no longer condone,” Mylett wrote.

Mylett concluded that if Jolliffe’s misconduct continues in his new position, he will be terminated.

Mylett, who took over the department a year ago, has emphasized high standards for professionalism in the department to put behind it multiple incidents of misconduct, most of which preceded his arrival.

Jolliffe, a 25-year department veteran who served as deputy chief for five years, is appealing the demotion to the five-member Bellevue Civil Service Commission. He was second in command when he was placed on paid administrative leave in November.

Jolliffe was one of five finalists for the chief position in 2014 when the city scrapped the search. A second search resulted in the hiring of Mylett, who has been in law enforcement for more than a quarter century. He spent 23 years in Corpus Christi, Texas, where he rose from cadet to deputy chief, and three years as chief in Southlake, a small, upscale Dallas suburb.

Mylett placed Jolliffe on leave following an incident in which, according to the investigation, Jolliffe and a major under his supervision exchanged emails disparaging the city’s program to cut down on false security alarms and suggested that City Councilmember Jennifer Robertson was arrogant for asking if a resident’s $100 false- alarm fine could be waived. The major, Pat Spak, sent the email disparaging Robertson to several of his subordinates as well, the investigation report said.

Mylett said Jolliffe failed to respond to the chief’s emailed concerns and failed in his basic supervisory duty to provide corrective direction to Spak.

Mylett wrote in his discipline notice that he understood the major’s concerns, but that among his expectations for his command staff was that they not engage in gossip and speculation with subordinates. Mylett noted that Jolliffe didn’t seem to see a problem with Spak’s email and left town for a week of training without addressing the issue.

Jolliffe told the investigator he didn’t think the email exchange was so urgent it couldn’t wait until he returned.

Additionally, the investigation concluded that Jolliffe routinely deleted work-related text messages, including his communications with Spak, in violation of state law that requires public records to be retained. It also said Jolliffe exacerbated strained relations with Bellevue’s legal department by using an “aggressive and unprofessional tone” in an email.

Jolliffe told the investigator that he apologized to the chief for the email and accepted full responsibility. Jolliffe said the issue was not raised again until the misconduct investigation.

Mylett’s discipline letter says Jolliffe’s disrespectful behavior started with their first one-on-one meeting. Mylett said he told Jolliffe he was aware that Jolliffe had been a finalist for a chief’s job in California and asked about his short-term plans. Jolliffe responded, ‘I’ll put it this way, if you’re an asshole after a year I’ll leave. If not, I’ll stay.”

Jolliffe told the investigator that was just talk among “two 30-year cops” and that Mylett did not appear offended at the time.

In the discipline letter, Mylett said the pattern of disrespect and disengagement from his duties led him to consider terminating Jolliffe, but he ultimately did not, out of deference to Jolliffe’s years of service and knowledge of department operations.