Karl Thompson, who was recently convicted of excessive force in the Otto Zehm case, has resigned his position with the Spokane Police Department.
Thompson submitted his letter of resignation last Friday, according to City of Spokane spokesperson Marlene Feist. The resignation takes effect on November 17.
In a two-sentence letter to City Administrator Ted Danek, Thompson said, "It has been my honor and privilege to serve as a Spokane police officer for this city. I hereby submit my resignation effective Thursday, November 17, 2011."
Thompson resigned from the department with his resignation effective the day before he was scheduled to appear at a Loudermill hearing Friday where city officials intended to fire him.
Due to his resignation that disciplinary hearing has been canceled. Thompson will now receive a payout for his unused vacation time and a portion of his unused sick time, Feist said, adding that he would received that money regardless of how he separated from the police department.
Thompson, a 14-year veteran of the Spokane Police Department, is scheduled to be sentenced on January 27 on his conviction of lying to investigators and using excessive force against Otto Zehm.