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Multiple internal investigations found Alison Braughton, a former Goodyear Police officer, to have displayed unprofessional behavior.

Another investigation regarding her leaving the scene of a May 2019 accident while off duty was underway when she resigned last year.

Shortly after her resignation, she applied for accidental disability.

On May 28, Goodyear’s Police Public Safety Personnel Retirement Board rejected Braughton’s application.

Jay Mathias made a motion “to affirm the denial as the applicant, in her own admission, has admitted she is not in the workplace due to she was forced to resign due to multiple internal investigations including a conduct unbecoming an officer.”

Mathias and fellow board members Laura Kaino, Jason Mattie and Eric Webster voted in favor of the motion to reject the application. (Board member Michael Stewart did not participate in the meeting, which was held via a conference call.)

Braughton’s attorney, Dale Norris, challenged the rationale for the board vote.

“I  don’t find that in the evidence before the board,” he said. “She did provide a resignation letter, and that was not her statement.”

Cindy Kelley, the board’s attorney, referred Norris to a report Braughton submitted from Dr. Elizabeth Bochtler.

The board again took no action regarding Deputy Chief Justin Hughes, who submitted an application for disability retirement April 1.

Hughes is the subject of an investigation into improprieties that has been concluded. But Goodyear will not release the investigation until Hughes has used his personal leave time.

On April 30, the board unanimously voted to “accept the application for disability for Justin Hughes and to send him for an independent medical examination with additional questions,” according to meeting minutes. 

The board discussed Hughes’ case privately May 6 but took no action. Hughes was not on the May 28 agenda.

At its May 6, meeting, the board voted—with Mattie recusing himself, as he had down previously on the Cluff matter—to send Kyle Cluff to an independent medical examiner “with questions.”

Cluff resigned from the Goodyear Police Department in January, after an investigation found him to be untruthful.

The board’s next meeting is scheduled for 8 a.m. June 25.