Former Valley City Police Chief in hot water againValley City, ND (WDAY TV) - Just when we thought the controversy between Valley City's former police chief and city administrator was over, a new chapter after the city found $4,000. Officials are accusing the former chief of not abiding by a deal made 6 weeks ago.
By: Travis Skonseng, WDAY
Just when we thought the controversy between Valley City's former police chief and city administrator was over, a new chapter after the city found $4,000. Officials are accusing the chief of not abiding by a deal made 6 weeks ago.
The city has not prepared formal documents to enforce that agreement. Its attorney tells WDAY 6 News, it's premature to talk about filing charges.
Nearly two months after retiring, former Valley City Police Chief Dean Ross is once again in hot water.
Dean Ross – Former Valley City Police Chief: “Jon Cameron has been a thorn in this thing and he's had a personal vendetta against me.”
The latest accusations: City leaders found more than $4,300 in cash tucked away in a locked safe in Ross's long time office October 27th. Most of that money from the sale of 11 weapons in 2005, and was to go to the city's police association. Instead, for nearly seven years, it sat in a safe.
Jon Cameron – Valley City City Administrator: “We received no information as to why that was not brought to our attention until shortly before we opened the safe.”
All the money is accounted for and not taxpayer funds. Ross says both the group and city knew that money was there for special occasions and safe keeping.
Dean Ross: “They have copies of the original invoice. None of it should have been a surprise to anybody. Obviously they have forgotten. You know what, if they forgot that's their problem.”
But what is Ross's problem is hat may come if he doesn't follow a settlement requiring him to turn in his city owned uniforms, weapon, radio, and credit cards.
Jon Cameron: “There was no specific date the equipment would be turned in. I guess there would be a presumption, once the agreement was signed and the city fulfilled the city's obligations as part of the agreement that the city owned property would also be returned. Six weeks later, that has not occurred.”
That agreement dismissed all charges against him, but it could become null and void if Ross refuses to give that property back to the city.
Dean Ross: “This is just Jon Cameron's way of bringing one more disrespect to myself before he leaves town.”
Cameron's last day is tomorrow. Ross says the city has known since October 27th, he will turn in that property Monday. The money has been returned to the group.