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Windsor Locks Police Commission Appeals Board Decision To Rehire Koistinen

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Windsor Locks Police Commission meets Wednesday, March 12, 2014. (WTIC's Michael Guerrera)

Windsor Locks Police Commission meets Wednesday, March 12, 2014. (WTIC’s Michael Guerrera)

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WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (CBS Connecticut) _ In a swift move Wednesday night, the Windsor Locks Police Commission stood by its initial decision regarding Robert Koistinen.

“The action taken tonight by the Windsor Locks Police Commission is to appeal the Connecticut State Board of Mediation and Arbitration decision,” said Chairman Kevin Brace. “This was done to correct what the Windsor Locks Police Commission felt was an erroneous decision on the part of the Arbitration Panel that is not in the best interest of the Windsor Locks Police Department or the residents of Windsor Locks. “

The appeal comes after the board ruled that the former sergeant was unjustly fired in January 2012 after he removed his son Michael – also a Windsor Locks officer – from the scene of a fatal crash.

Michael is currently serving a 64-month prison term, but Robert was acquitted.

The mediation board called for Koistinen to be suspended for a year without pay and for him to be paid back wages dating back to January 2013.

Resident Karen Zenzick was among those who applauded the commission’s decision, saying afterwards, “I think everybody that was here tonight was thinking the same thing – we do not want this person back in here.”

Brace says he expects this to get through the courts with a final decision reached in six to eight months.

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