Summers says Officer Jason Mosers mistake made him better

When Cornelius Police Officer Jason Moser won the 2012 Officer of the Year award, the Feb. 13 News-Times' report of it caught Debbie Rogers Bianchi's attention.

Bianchi knew a different Moser — one she filed a lawsuit against after she alleged Moser used inappropriate force when searching her after police pulled Bianchi and her daughter over in June 2010, mistaking their vehicle for one driven by suspected gang members.

At the time, Moser was an officer in Forest Grove, which settled the lawsuit for $42,752. Moser escaped a proposal to fire him and instead got a 24-hour suspension without pay.

He took a job with the Cornelius Police Department shortly after Forest Grove's internal affairs investigation ended.

Bianchi sent the following email to News-Times reporter Stephanie Haugen this week:

"Dear Ms. Haugen: I read your article about Cornelius's Officer of the Year for 2012, Jason Moser. I hope your next article [explains] that he had a lawsuit settled against him last year for violating my daughters, granddaughters and myself's Civil Rights and ETHICS violations. Your office has a copy of the Internal Investigation report for our case.

Please look at all the charges against Moser. Christian Gaston has written all our articles. I am now going to do everything possible to have that award stripped from Moser as he is the last person that deserves it.

I am also going to be looking into the Cornelius and Forest Grove Police Unions. I have always felt they were corrupt and now I am going to prove it. I really hope your next article has all the facts." Bianchi also contacted Cornelius Interim Police Chief Ken Summers, objecting to Moser's award being announced on the city's reader board. Summers responded with this email, which Bianchi forwarded to the News-Times:

"Ms. Bianchi: I am so sorry to hear of your negative experience with the Cornelius Police Department and Officer Moser in particular. Being new to the area, I had not previously read of the case you refer to.

Officer Moser was nominated for the award by three of his fellow officers. In the nomination form he was cited for ethics, reliability, team work, innovation, professionalism and community relations. After receiving all of the nominations, the management team met and discussed all of the nominees. Officer Moser was then selected based on the consensus of the management team.

While I don’t know the details of the case you cite, I can testify to you that Officer Moser has received numerous compliments from citizens over the past year. Comments have included references to his customer service, professionalism and follow-up on cases.

I am struggling to reconcile your experience with the experiences of other citizens and co-workers. This disparity leads me to pose the question: could it be that Officer Moser did in fact make mistakes in your case, learn from them and grow as a person and as an Officer? Could it be that the citizens of Cornelius now are being served by an Officer with a new commitment to excellence because of your insistence that he be held accountable? I would like to think that this could be part of the reason that Officer Moser now delivers exemplary service on a daily basis. In any event, we clearly understand the discomfort that seeing our readerboard has caused you. In deference to your request I will ask that it be removed. Please contact me if I may be of any service to you in the future. I am always eager to meet with citizens and explore ways that we may deliver better service to our customers. Your input matters to us." Moser, for his part, did not respond to the News-Times' request for comment. Summers reported that Moser "freely says he made some mistakes" in the incident. "He would like to move beyond this painful experience."

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