Valley City Police chief fires back at accusersValley City, ND (WDAY TV) - Valley City Police Chief Dean Ross is showing us what he says is proof against allegations of mishandled money and shredded financial documents.
Valley City Police Chief Dean Ross is showing us what he says is proof against allegations of mishandled money and shredded financial documents. Ross says he's not sure of his future with the police department. Speaking on his own, not as the chief, Ross says he is fighting back against allegations of mishandled money.
The strain is obvious on the face of Valley City Police Chief Dean Ross as he walks into an early morning press conference. Ross tells us his side of the story of what he calls a "witch hunt" and a "smear campaign."
Dean Ross – Valley City Police Chief: "And they said I created a climate of discontent, a climate where people don't trust city hall... well, look in the mirror."
Thick stacks of papers are tucked neatly into folders in front of Ross's lawyer, information of where supposed missing funds are stashed.
Ross: "We have that money, we've had in a safe at the V.C police department."
Thousands of dollars in cold hard cash, the money city officials say wasn't spent on alcohol and drug education.
Ross's emotional appeal hit home to the many friends and family members who were at the press conference to support him."
Milly Hanson – Clerk of Municipal Court: "He's got a heart as big as all the outdoors...."
Robert Drake – Valley City: "What they are doing to Dean Ross. It’s a crime. Heads should roll for what they are doing to him right now.”
Community members sent waves of support in Ross's direction, and tears took over as some say Ross isn't in the wrong.
Rindy Velure – Ross’s Sister-in-Law: "I do know that if people truly know Dean they know he wouldn't do anything improper.
Ross says its support that is making this legal battle more bearable.
Ross: “From the phone calls to the letters to the cards to the people on the street saying hang in there, it's not easy.”
Ross has worked with the Valley City Police Department for almost 40 years, and says he doesn't want his career to end like this.
Valley City Administrator Jon Cameron says he won't comment on Ross's sudden press conference. Cameron says he told his side of the story last week when City Commissioner Jon Wager announced the investigation. Cameron says at this point both city officials and the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation will investigate if there was any wrongdoing. Ross's five day administrative leave ends Friday morning, where he will meet with Cameron before heading back to work.