- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 18, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Newberg’s city manager says she will resign amid allegations that she put the police chief on leave to cover up a relationship with an officer.

The Newberg City Council approved a $93,000 severance agreement Monday night, which includes $35,000 in exchange for Jacque Betz’s agreement not to sue the city. Officials say they expect Betz to sign the agreement in a matter of days, The Oregonian reported (https://bit.ly/1NCk4j5).

Newberg-Dundee Police Chief Brian Casey was reinstated by Newberg’s city council on July 24 after being on leave for nine days.

A report compiled by a subordinate of Casey’s quoted police officers who said Betz was having a sexual relationship with Officer Jeremy Fair. The report said Casey was targeted in order to keep the relationship a secret.

That report was submitted to prosecutors, but the Marion County District Attorney found no indication that Betz engaged in any criminal wrongdoing.

Betz’s attorney, Judy Snyder, had said Betz was acting within her role as city manager when she put Casey on leave.

Mayor Bob Andrews initially wanted Betz put on paid leave, but said during the Monday meeting that new information from Snyder and city personnel had changed his mind.


Information from: The Oregonian, https://www.oregonlive.com

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