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Scappoose police chief on paid leave

Following two-week suspension, Greisen expected to be out for at least another month


(Image is Clickable Link) by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Scappoose Police chief Douglas Greisen is back on paid leave pending further investigation.Scappoose Police Chief Douglas Greisen has been suspended with pay pending the results of an investigation into the Scappoose Police Department regarding allegations Greisen ran a hostile work environment and retaliated against police staff.

The investigation comes at the end of his earlier un-paid two-week suspension, which followed an unrelated internal investigation that revealed the police chief had violated 10 of the city’s policies and procedures for police officers.

Greisen has appealed the discipline decision to the city’s Personnel Review Committee, said Scappoose Mayor Scott Burge. The committee is composed of city councilors Barbara Hayden, Mark Reed and Jason Meshell. After its review, the committee is expected to decide whether City Manager Jon Hanken, who supervises Greisen, complied with the city’s policies and laws when he suspended Greisen for two weeks without pay.

Greisen was slated to return to work Monday, Sept. 9, though Burge said Greisen was notified Friday that he would remain on leave.

Hanken said the investigation, which is being conducted by an outside firm, is estimated to take 45 to 60 days.

“He will be on paid administrative leave until the investigation is done,” Burge said.

“Paid leave is standard practice,” Hanken said, in regard to such investigations.

The investigating firm, Local Government Personnel Institute, or LGPI, is a membership-based agency that provides human resources and labor relations services to Oregon cities.

Burge said LGPI would not use the same investigator to look into the workplace allegations against Greisen as had been used in the earlier investigation.

The Scappoose City Council held a closed executive session Tuesday, Sept. 10, in response to “litigation likely to occur,” according to the council’s advertised notice for the meeting.

Asked whether any lawsuits had been filed against Greisen or the city regarding the second investigation, Burge said there have been no recent lawsuits or tort notices filed.

The 10 procedures and policies Greisen was found to have violated, resulting in his two-week suspension that started Aug. 26, principally include violations related to his operation of a pursuit vehicle.

Specifically, the violations relate to when he was to initiate a vehicle pursuit, when to terminate a vehicle pursuit, supervisory control and responsibility during a pursuit, the use of vehicles without overhead light bars, responsibilities of the primary and secondary unit in pursuit of a violator’s vehicle, misuse of pursuit driving tactics, misuse of pursuit intervention tactics and standards of pursuit intervention approval, pursuit reporting standards and regular and periodic pursuit training.

Greisen did not return the Spotlight’s calls for comment regarding this article.