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Published August 01, 2011, 08:52 AM

ND police chief reprimand subject of court hearing

VALLEY CITY, N.D. (AP) — An Aug. 18 court hearing is scheduled on whether a reprimand issued to suspended Valley City Police Chief Dean Ross will stand.

VALLEY CITY, N.D. (AP) — An Aug. 18 court hearing is scheduled on whether a reprimand issued to suspended Valley City Police Chief Dean Ross will stand.

City Administrator Jon Cameron reprimanded Ross in February for not following an order from a supervisor. The Times-Record reports Ross contends that under city ordinance all orders to the police chief must come from the mayor. He wants a judge to cancel the verbal reprimand and remove evidence of it from his personnel file.

Judge Daniel Narum has ordered the city to either revoke the reprimand or show cause on Aug. 18 why it should stand. City commissioners on Friday took no action after meeting in a closed session. City Attorney R. Jon Fitzner says he anticipates the city will be represented at the hearing.

People in Valley City will go to the polls to decide if they want to eliminate the city administrator position. Commissioners voted unanimously to put the issue on a special election ballot on October 4th. Some circulated a petition saying the job currently held by Jon Cameron is unnecessary and his 75-thousand dollar per year salary should go elsewhere.

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