NEWBERG CITY MANAGER DISPUTES ALLEGATIONS, CITY TO HOLD PRESS CONFERENCE
There are a lot of questions in Newberg on what's going on at city hall, and Wednesday at ten am. we may start getting some answers. The latest allegation are from police reports, obtained by two Portland TV stations, stating that city manager Jacque Betz may have been having an inappropriate relationship with a city police officer. Then, in order to stop that from becoming public, she placed Police Chief Brian Casey on leave pending a departmental assessment.
for the first time, late Tuesday, we heard from the attorney for Jacque Betz. IN that letter, attorney Judy Snyder claims the "inappropriate relationship" allegations are based on assumptions and speculations, and that she did nothing to interfere with a departmental investigation.
Betz attorney goes on to say that Betz was going to explain to the council why she placed Casey on leave, but they put her on leave before she could have that meeting and explain her actions.
Betz' attorney's letter says Betz is proud of the job she has done as city manager and looks forward to answering everyone's questions. The city council had recently given Betz a highly positive review and a 25-percent pay raise.
Wednesday morning at 10am, there will be a press conference with the mayor, council president, city attorney, and city manager pro tem, when it's believed they city will start discussing it's next steps regarding Betz. As of now Betz is still on leave, Brian Casey has been returned to duty. An investigation conducted by the Oregon State Police under the review of the Marion County District Attorney's office failed to find any criminal wrong doing from Betz.
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