Virginia Police Chief Dana Waldron Back on Trial

By KBJR News 1

August 15, 2011 Updated Aug 15, 2011 at 6:32 PM CST

VIRGINIA, MN (Northland's NewsCenter)--Virginia Police Chief Dana Waldron is in the hot seat once again, but this time he chose to put himself there.

Waldron has been on paid administrative leave since the start of August after withdrawing from a settlement agreement the council had unanimously passed to end his first trial.

Cross examinations and rebuttals filled the court room of the Virginia City Hall on Monday as city officials, clerks and patrol officers took the stand to testify about the work environment under Virginia Chief Police Dana Waldron.

One hot topic involved an incident with several expired safety police vests.

Other allegations involved frustration with employee evaluations and schedule and staffing issues.

But not everyone believed the work environment under Waldron was a hostile one.

While on the stand, Administrative Assistant Renee Anderson was asked what her opinion of Dana Waldron as a boss.

"He's been the best boss I've ever had," Anderson said.

Under the previous settlement terms, Waldron would have been granted nearly $60,000 in severance pay.

Waldron rescinded his agreement to the settlement over a $10,000 compensation shortage, a shortage that stemmed from terms in the settlement about whether he retired or resigned.

"I'm not fighting for money, I'm fighting for my job," Waldron said. "I don't see where I've done anything where I should be fired for. If I retire today, before this goes through, I'd get the $10,000 anyways."

Waldron says he does not believe he has done anything worth being disciplined.

This second Civil Service Commission trial is expected to last a total of three days.

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