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Newberg-Dundee police chief cleared of allegations by former city manager

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Former Newberg city manager Jacque Betz. Photo: Former Newberg city manager Jacque Betz. Photo:

Newberg-Dundee Police Chief Brian Casey has been cleared of misconduct allegations made by former Newberg city manager Jacque Betz.

The City of Newberg announced Monday it had completed its review into claims including verbal abuse, excessive force and a hostile work environment in the police department and specifically regarding Casey.

Casey was placed on administrative leave in July by Betz, who did not disclose at the time the reason for her decision.

Within a week, Casey was reinstated and the Newberg City Council voted to put Betz on administrative leave after concerns were raised regarding her conduct.

Oregon State Police and the Marion County District Attorney's Office investigated, but determined Betz would not face criminal charges.

Casey released a statement in August saying Betz made "unsubstantiated allegations of police misconduct of which I was never made aware" and claimed she "meddled through personal relations with an officer."

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.

Betz resigned in August and was granted more than $58,000 in severance pay as part of a separation agreement.

On Monday, the city announced there was no misconduct on the part of Casey and the police department with regard to the allegations by Betz, which also included claims of firearms qualifications deficiencies, modification of use of force forms and modification of a shotgun for personal use.

However, the city reports, "The review did highlight the need for clear city policies regarding department head's use of city equipment. That is an issue that will be explored more and addressed in the future."

The city is still awaiting the results of an assessment of the police department which was supported by the police union and the police administration.

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