Virginia Police of Chief Settlement Pending

By KBJR News 1

June 3, 2011 Updated Jun 3, 2011 at 6:54 PM CDT

VIRGINIA, MN (Northland's Newscenter)---A 3–day civil service commission trial that had been set to examine complaints against Virginia Police Chief Dana Waldron has been postponed.

It had been set to begin on Monday.

Virginia City officials decided on a settlement proposal between the city and its Chief at a closed emergency council meeting earlier today in the hopes of avoiding a trial.

The 33–year veteran police officer was put on paid leave in January after several alleged complaints of inefficiency and misconduct were filed.

"We are trying to resolve the issue and hopefully we will get this thing taken care of and it doesn't drag on any longer," said Virginia Mayor, Steve Peterson. "It's not good for the city, it's not good for the departments or anyone involved. We want to get it taken care of and resolved to the best interest of everybody."

Mayor Peterson says the council could see an agreement proposal as early as Tuesday.

Meanwhile Chief Waldron told reporters today that his union representative says he should expect to see a proposal for settlement from the city shortly.