Previous Goodyear SWAT lieutenant loses appeal to get his position back

Just more than two months just after Joe Pacello’s appeal listening to, Goodyear’s town supervisor elected to uphold his termination.

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — A former Goodyear law enforcement lieutenant has shed his enchantment to get his position again. Joe Pacello, who has worked for the Goodyear Police Division due to the fact 2005, was fired in March and straight away filed an enchantment to combat the final decision.

Nonetheless, in a letter signed on Wednesday, Goodyear Metropolis Manager Julie Karins wrote just after reviewing the circumstance, she would uphold Pacello’s termination.


Why Pacello was Terminated

Pacello appealed his termination and was granted a two-day listening to to make his case. In accordance to testimony offered, Pacello was terminated for two alleged incidents – a person in 2017 and an additional in 2019. The two incidents include Pacello’s former Goodyear PD colleague, Jamie Cole.

Cole noted the incidents in August of 2020 which sparked an interior investigation dealt with by the Division of Public Safety and a criminal investigation performed by Chandler PD. Cole has given that remaining the law enforcement section.



Pacello was fired for “conduct unbecoming” and “infamous conduct” following the DPS interior affairs investigation that discovered evidence he handcuffed and blindfolded Cole in his house in 2017. Pacello advised investigators he crammed his bathtub with ice drinking water and Cole submerged her head in the water frequently though handcuffed. Pacello reported that he was getting ready her for “Hell Day” or the Goodyear SWAT assortment test.

Pacello, who was married, experienced been in a secret romance with Cole due to the fact 2015. In an interview with 12 News, Cole reported she needed that marriage to end by the end of 2016.

In early 2017, Cole went on a date with somebody else. Pacello observed out about the day and Cole said he was upset. Not very long following, he invited Cole about to his residence.

Cole reported she thought she was going there to converse about the day but when she arrived, she claimed Pacello handcuffed and blindfolded her then threatened her. She stated he took her to his lavatory wherever he had crammed his bathtub with ice drinking water ahead of she arrived. Cole claimed he submerged her experience in the water, describing it as waterboarding. She explained he then sexually assaulted her.

Chandler PD investigated the sexual assault and did not suggest legal fees.

In the course of his enchantment hearing, Pacello disputed components of Cole’s story. He said he had been instruction Cole in the health and fitness center for the SWAT group for months prior to that incident. He stated he invited Cole more than that day to proceed their education and he experienced developed his possess test precisely for Cole.

Pacello claimed while Cole did not know what to count on, she consented to the schooling. He stated he blindfolded and handcuffed Cole then took her to his bathtub crammed with ice water. He testified he then instructed her to submerge her confront in the drinking water with the aim of keeping her breath for 10 seconds.

He claimed after the education was around, she consented to sexual acts. Throughout Pacello’s enchantment hearing, both of those Deputy Main David Farrow and Main Santiago Rodriguez explained Pacello’s variation of the incident alone warranted termination.



According to lawyers symbolizing the town of Goodyear, a second incident also led to Pacello’s termination.

Goodyear lawyers reported in the summer time of 2019, Pacello showed up to Cole’s home and attempted to get inside locked doors while yelling exterior soon after Cole had finished their sexual connection. The incident was witnessed by neighbors who advised investigators they would have known as the law enforcement experienced they not recognized that both Cole and Pacello were being the police.

Pacello argued the neighbors misunderstood. He said Cole knew he was coming over so he went to open her monitor doorway but it was locked. He claimed due to the fact her doorbell is damaged, he then “rapped” on her doorway many moments.

Pacello claimed he in no way yelled outdoors her home and eventually went by way of an unlocked door in her garage. Then, he said he raised his voice and cursed at Cole asking why she did not go away her doorway unlocked for him.


What comes about following?

A town spokesperson instructed 12 Information at the time the appeal listening to was concluded, Pacello’s scenario would head to Arizona’s Police Officer Specifications and Schooling Board.

A spokesperson from the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office said it is now executing a evaluate of Pacello to ascertain if he must be positioned on the Rule 15 “Brady record.”

Pacello and his attorney could not be achieved for comment Thursday.



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