Court says VC Chief wrongly reprimandedValley City, ND (WDAY TV) - Dean Ross scored a victory in court today. A judge has ruled the police chief was wrongly reprimanded.
Dean Ross scored a victory in court today. A judge has ruled the police chief was wrongly reprimanded. Chief Ross went to court against Valley City to remove an oral reprimand from his record; a reprimand that he thought he didn't deserve. And For Ross, this decision confirms his faith in our country's court system.
Dean Ross – Valley City Police Chief: “This win isn't only for Dean Ross, this win is for the system in itself that shows if you persevere and keep fighting, good things happen.”
In a decision handed down by District Court Judge Daniel Narum, the ruling says City Administrator Jon Cameron did not have the authority to put an Oral Reprimand into Chief Ross's record, and it must be expunged. The only person that has that authority is the President of the City Commission. As of right now, Chief Ross is still on Paid Administrative Leave.
Dean Ross: “The next move is the city's move, if they want me as an employee than it’s up to them.”
It's a position Chief Ross says he would gladly return to. Valley City Mayor Bob Werkhoven can't believe the disciplinary action has escalated to this.
Bob Werkhoven – Valley City Mayor: “We're talking about an oral reprimand here, I don't think it constituted the kind of effort that's been made and the money that's been spent on it.”
Effort he doesn't expect the city to continue with.
Bob Werkhoven: “I don't see where we would want to challenge the judge’s decision.”
Although there is no timetable, Chief Ross doesn't expect a decision to be made on his return until after October 4th when Valley City will hold a public vote on whether or not to keep its City Administrator position.