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PD report alleges 'inappropriate relationship' between Newberg city manager, officer

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Newberg City Manager Jacque Betz (Photo: newbergoregon.gov) Newberg City Manager Jacque Betz (Photo: newbergoregon.gov)

A report from the Newberg-Dundee Police Department alleges the city manager placed the chief of police on administrative leave in an attempt to prevent an investigation that would reveal her "inappropriate personal relationship" with a police officer.

The internal report prepared by Jeff Kosmicki, captain of the Newberg-Dundee Police Department Special Investigations Unit, includes written statements from "officer witnesses" submitted anonymously, "out of fear and with uncertainty when the chief was suspended and the city attorney announcement was circulated in the police department," the report states.

Police Chief Brian Casey was placed on leave by City Manager Jacque Betz on July 17 for undisclosed reasons. The Newberg City Council voted July 20 to put Betz on administrative leave after concerns were raised about her conduct.

Casey was taken off leave within a week and an investigation was launched by Oregon State Police and the Marion County District Attorney's Office. On July 31, Marion County District Attorney Walt Beglau said Betz would not face criminal charges.

She remains on leave with a council meeting and executive session scheduled for Aug. 17.

The internal police report states, "It is possible that the actions of the City Manager in suspending and stripping the Chief of all authority constitutes her attempt to prevent an investigation of Officer A’s conduct including off duty alcohol abuse which would lead to the disclosure of facts concerning him and her."

In an interview with the Newberg Graphic, Betz described the officer in question as a "friend and a neighbor of mine" and said she heard about issues facing the city and its employees during ride-alongs with him and roughly 10 other officers.

She told the Newberg Graphic she didn't believe the anonymous claims made in the police report were worth addressing.  

The written statements in the report described "Officer A" as "one of the most disgruntled patrol officers in the department" and discussed banter between other officers regarding his alleged relationship with Betz.

Officer A reportedly told a colleague about going to her home and drinking alcohol with her, saying, "she tried to match me beer for beer and shot for shot," the report alleges.

One account stated an officer told him, "You better perform well, I need a raise" to which the officer in question responded, "I won't let you boys down."

"The context was sexual in nature and were presented in a manner the indicated Officer A was engaging in sexual activity with the city manager on behalf of the officers to ensure a raise in pay," the report states.

Officer A, according to the report, also told a colleague to expect a major change that was about to occur in the department.

"He told me without me asking that everything was going to change in five or six days" after talking to Betz about problems in the department, according to the police report.

The Marion County District Attorney's office reported its investigation ended with no evidence of any criminal wrongdoing by Betz.

The city of Newberg announced a press conference for Wednesday morning with Mayor Bob Andrews, Council President Denise Bacon, City Attorney Truman Stone and Pro Tem City Manager Terrence Mahr. No details were released about the reason for the press conference.

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