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Published July 08, 2011, 06:23 PM

Valley City police chief put on paid leave

Valley City, ND (WDAY TV) - New developments in the investigation of Valley City police Chief Dean Ross. The city today, put him on paid leave after being accused of mishandling public money.

New developments in the investigation of Valley City police Chief Dean Ross. The city today, put him on paid leave after being accused of mishandling public money.

The city says the paid leave is a precaution so that there is no interference with the investigation of police chief Dean Ross. The week long paid administrative leave is in effect as of this morning. It’s a measure city administrator Jon Cameron says is necessary and standard practice.

Jon Cameron – Valley City Administrator: "Well as of right now he is the police chief of Valley City. He's under administrative leave at this point-Paid administrative leave-and I won’t speculate. I won’t speculate as to out comes and what may or may not happen in the future."

Among the accusations against Ross, is placing public funds in to a Valley City police association account and two other accounts. Donating money from the sale of a public vehicle to a charity Ross is in charge of. All things the city says it had no idea was going on.

Jon Cameron: "We would take anything like this very seriously. We wouldn't take any kind of action unless we felt it was necessary."

Cameron wouldn't say if it would move on with Ross as chief regardless of the outcome of the investigation

There has been no evidence or accusations that Ross used the money for any private gain. The North Dakota Bureau Of Investigations, along with the city, is investigating. Ross says he has no plans to resign.

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