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News Release
Statement from West Linn Police Regarding Settlement Agreement - 02/11/20

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                           

February 11, 2020

A negotiated settlement has been reached in the case of Michael Fesser v. City of West Linn, et al., filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon. This lawsuit was initially filed in 2018 with the Multnomah County Circuit Court, with alleged events taking place during 2017.

After careful consideration by the City’s insurance carrier and external legal counsel, it was determined that a cessation of litigation expenses was in the best interest of the City and allows us to focus on our core mission of service to the community. A settlement of $600,000 is expected to be paid by the City’s insurance provider to the Plaintiff and his attorneys after all documents have been properly executed. This settlement is not an admission of liability; it seeks to avoid additional expense, uncertainty, and drain on public resources.

The City of West Linn and the West Linn Police Department do not tolerate any acts of discrimination or disparate treatment by its employees. In 2018, when the allegations were first reported, an internal investigation was conducted and swift and appropriate disciplinary personnel action was taken.

The West Linn Police Department is proud of its diverse workforce and actively works with its officers and staff to constantly maintain awareness through ongoing special trainings and education in areas such as harassment, diversity, equity, inclusion, implicit bias, and procedural justice. Under the current leadership of Chief Terry Kruger, the Police Department embraces a culture of enhanced awareness, training, and open community conversations. The Police Department was an integral part of the Multi-City Equity Summit in 2019 and looks forward to continued partnerships with the West Linn Alliance for Inclusive Community, West Linn-Wilsonville School District, and other community leaders on initiatives to further improve on these critical issues in 2020 and beyond.

As we move forward, the West Linn Police Department strives to learn from both our past mistakes and our successes. Our officers, from the newest hire up to the Chief, make every effort to ensure that they are serving the community with the utmost professionalism and dedication.

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