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Newberg city manager cleared in criminal case resigns; receives $58K severance

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Newberg City Manager Jacque Betz (Photo: newbergoregon.gov) Newberg City Manager Jacque Betz (Photo: newbergoregon.gov)
NEWBERG, OR (KPTV) -

The Newberg city manager, who was cleared in a criminal investigation after her unexplained decision to place the police chief on leave, has resigned and will receive more than $58,000 in severance pay.

According to documents released by the City of Newberg, the city council accepted the resignation of Jacque Betz at a meeting Monday night.

It caps off a month of investigations, reports and allegations.

Betz placed Newberg-Dundee Police Chief Brian Casey in July, but did not disclose why. Within a week, Casey had been taken off leave and the city council voted to put Betz on administrative leave after concerns were raised regarding her conduct.

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.

After the release of the OSP report last week, Casey released a statement saying, in part, "After reviewing the report, which contains unsubstantiated allegations of police misconduct of which I was never made aware, I am left deeply disappointed that Ms. Betz never brought these issues to my attention and instead interfered in the police department, meddled through personal relations with an officer, and undermined my ability to manage, direct and uphold standards in the Police Department."

An internal report prepared by the captain of the Newberg-Dundee Police Department Special Investigations Unit alleged Betz placed Casey on leave in an attempt to prevent an investigation that would reveal her "inappropriate personal relationship" with a police officer.

The report was comprised of written statements from "officer witnesses" submitted anonymously.

Betz told the Newberg Graphic she didn't believe the anonymous claims were worth addressing.

She remained on leave pending Monday's meeting.

The separation agreement approved at Monday's meeting states, "Betz expressed an interest in stepping aside from her position to clear the way for the city to focus on other matters."

As part of the agreement, she will receive six months of severance pay, totaling $58,438.80. She also receives six months of health care costs in the amount of $3,336.66.

An additional lump sum payment of $35,000 will be paid to Betz for "complete release of all claims," the agreement states.

The effective date of her resignation and other specific details will be released by mid-week, according to a statement from the city.

Betz began work as city manager in Newberg in June 2014. 

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