Virginia Police Chief Suspended 3 Days Without Pay

By KBJR News 1

January 25, 2012 Updated Jan 25, 2012 at 8:33 PM CDT

VIRGINIA, MN (Northland's NewsCenter)---Embattled Virginia Police Chief, Dana Waldron, will be suspended without pay for three days beginning Jan. 31.

The Virginia City Council voted unanimously to suspend the Chief following harassment and retaliation claims against Waldron.

An outside party presented a 90 day performance behavior improvement plan to the council that recommends that the chief seek additional management training or mentoring.

The council will work to make changes to the performance plan during Waldon's suspension.

Chief Waldron, who has no plans to retire, says he's eager to follow any plan that will build a better workplace rapport.

"Hopefully it's a plan that they are sincere about and we can work to improve relationships in the police department," Waldron said.

One year ago, Waldron was placed on paid administrative leave for allegations of insubordination, misconduct and creating a hostile work environment.

A four month investigation led to a police Civil Service Commission trial.

Following the trial, Waldron was reinstated as Police Chief at the end of August.

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