Dozens Criticize Virginia’s Police Chief As Trial Begins

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Dozens Criticize Virginia’s Police Chief As Trial Begins

July 13, 2011 Updated Jul 13, 2011 at 1:04 PM CDT

Posted by Melissa Burlaga

Virginia, MN (Northland's Newscenter) Its day one of what’s projected to be a 3-day civil service trial against Virginia Chief of Police Dana Waldron.

Waldron has been on paid leave since January 2011.

The city has hired the mayor of St. Louis Park to oversee the civil service commission trial.

The trial revolves around a slough of complaints about Chief Waldron dating back almost ten years.

Witnesses have testified that Chief Waldron repeatedly acted like a bully and sometimes used foul language in addressing co-workers and subordinates.

City Operations Manager John Tourville testified that Waldron’s pattern of behavior regularly included bulling tactics and abuse of power.

Waldron denies that he acted like a bully and while he acknowledges upsetting some of his officers with criticism of their duties he says he believes he has run his office in a fair manner.

Virginia’s mayor is on the list of those testifying against Chief Waldron.

There are a total of 37 witnesses listed to take the stand against Waldron.

We’ll have further details Wednesday night at 5 including a response from Dana Waldron.