- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 4, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Newberg’s city manager isn’t facing charges stemming from a criminal probe into her decision to put the police chief on leave.

Marion County District Attorney Walter Beglau said Friday that he found no indication that Jacque Betz engaged in any criminal wrongdoing, the Oregonian reported (https://bit.ly/1KNYg6s).

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

Special investigations Capt. Jeff Kosmicki, a subordinate of Casey’s, compiled an 11-page report that was handed over to Marion County prosecutors. The report contains statements from members of the department who say Betz was having a sexual relationship with Officer Jeremy Fair and that Casey was targeted in order to keep the relationship a secret.

“It is possible that the actions of the city manager in suspending and stripping the chief of all authority constitutes her attempt to prevent an investigation,” the report said.

Attorney Judy Snyder is representing Betz and released a statement Friday.

“Ms. Betz was acting entirely within her authority as City Manager when she placed Newberg-Dundee Police Chief Brian Casey on leave,” Snyder wrote.

Betz has been on leave since July 20.

Council members plan to discuss Betz during a closed meeting on Aug. 17. She could face administrative action.


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

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