Ex-West Fargo officer is speaking out against the departmentFargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- A West Fargo officer fired for harassing a female employee is speaking out against the department, saying they play favorites and morale is low.
By: Becky Parker, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- A West Fargo officer fired for harassing a female employee is speaking out against the department, saying they play favorites and morale is low.
Ken Zeeb was fired in May, accused of harassing a female employee with whom he'd had a relationship. According to the Cass County Sheriff's Office investigation, Zeeb started harassing her after she broke it off.
Zeeb says morale in the department is low and the administrators play favorites. He says that played a role in his recent suspension and ultimate firing.
Ken Zeeb - Former West Fargo Officer: "Typically, when an incident happens, the first thing that's looked at is who is involved, instead of what the incident was. Because who is involved is going to primarily determine what the outcome is going to be."
Police Chief Arland Rasmussen says that's not true.
Arland Rasmussen - West Fargo Police Chief: "I think it's been good and has been and remains good."
Twenty-three officers have left the department since 1987. Nine left for other jobs, 8 for medical reasons. There were 2 retirements and 4 officers resigned or were dismissed for what Rasmussen called "other reasons".
Arland Rasmussen: "Pretty minimal; Usually when people start here they continue and end here with their career."
Zeeb says he wanted the citizens of West Fargo to know what is happening in the department.
Ken Zeeb: "To at least know some of the things, or the caliber of things that are taking place within their police department. I think most people would not be too happy about it."
Zeeb started working for West Fargo Police in July 2003. About a year earlier, he had resigned from the BCI amid an investigation into his involvement with two strippers.
It's not the first time claims of low morale have come up in area police departments. Some Fargo Police officers who recently resigned from the force called the organizational culture there "toxic."
Police Chief Keith Ternes declined comment today, but said in earlier interviews that those who were dissatisfied, were likely held accountable for something, or didn't understand the basis for a policy.