"The chief should have the recommendation from the [review board] today, and he is hoping to make a decision as soon as possible," said Roxeanne Vainuku, a spokeswoman for the police department.
Russo will then notify Salmon whether he faces any ramifications for shooting at Willard. If so, Salmon is entitled to a hearing to appeal Russo's decision. Russo then will make a final decision.
Salmon has been on paid leave since Nov. 2, 2012. That day, Salmon and Detective Shaun Cowley, 33, were conducting a drug investigation in the area of 2290 W. Lexington Park Drive (3710 South). They believed they saw a drug deal and approached Willard, 21, as she backed a car from a parking spot.
The Subaru brushed Salmon's leg, prosecutors have said.
Cowley who fired first, striking Willard in the head has claimed the car's rear bumper struck his right leg.
Salmon's shots missed.
Nine months later, Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill announced the shooting was not justified under Utah law. In June of this year, Gill charged Cowley with second-degree felony manslaughter, saying: "The evidence supports that [Cowley's] life was not in danger."
Gill opted not to charge Salmon.
West Valley City had already fired Cowley for mishandling evidence in drug cases. Cowley is appealing his termination.
He has not yet entered a formal plea to the manslaughter charge, though his lawyers have said he did nothing wrong by shooting Willard. Prosecutors will present evidence at a preliminary hearing scheduled for Oct. 2.
The Utah chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police, which has been representing Salmon, declined to comment Thursday.