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Published September 28, 2011, 09:57 PM

Ross agrees to retire as Valley City Police Chief

Valley City, ND (WDAY TV) - The embattled police chief in Valley City is no longer a city employee.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

The embattled police chief in Valley City is no longer a city employee. Both sides unexpectedly settled, but this doesn't mean case closed. Dean Ross worked for Valley City for 38 years, 11 as chief. He had been suspended and charged with 18 non-criminal counts, including misusing taxpayer money. City commissioners okayed a retirement agreement, effective immediately.

Ross will get a severance package worth $76,000. All current and future legal actions are dropped. However, Ross can revoke this deal for claims of Age Discrimination.

Dean Ross – Former Valley City Police Chief: “You know this is an end of a career which I figure has been a distinguished and good career. Maybe not everybody would agree with that as far as the citizens of Valley City.”

Bob Werkhoven – Valley City Mayor: “I'm ready to put it under the carpet and let’s forget about it and go on.”

The state BCI is investigating Ross and looking into the misuse of funds. It is possible, the state could charge him.

Supporters of Ross did not expect him to agree to retire.

Lloyd Nelson – Valley City: “The city could not prove the charges against Mr. Dean Ross and they took the easy way out. They paid him off so they didn't have the embarrassment of going to court with it.”

Ross isn't ruling out a run for office. He plans to stay in Valley City. A new police chief could be named within two weeks.