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Cornelius police officer drops corruption suit


Former Cornelius Police Officer Mark Jansen has dropped his lawsuit against the city. City Manager Rob Drake said Citycounty Insurance Services notified him of the legal development last month.

Two other officers, Miguel Monico and Shawn Watts, joined Jansen last December in charging the city, Drake and two police administrators with violating Oregon’s Whistleblower Protection Statute and with “Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress.”

The lawsuit came after Jansen, Monico, Watts and Officer Doug Schuetz signed a letter in October 2012 alleging corruption and mismanagement on the part of the department’s chief and assistant chief and untruthfulness on the part of a fellow officer.

They submitted the letter to Drake and the city council, after which “a copy of the corruption complaint was unlawfully disseminated to city of Cornelius employees” and to news media without consent, according to Jansen’s complaint.

The fallout created “a work environment so hostile that Mr. Jansen dreaded arriving to work each day,” his complaint stated.

Jansen had asked for “economic and noneconomic damages to be determined at trial” and for his “costs, disbursements and attorney fees.”

Drake said as far as he knows, Monico and Watts have not dropped their lawsuits. Daniel Thenell, the attorney for all three officers, did not return a call from the News-Times.

Jansen and all other Cornelius officers are currently training to become deputy sheriffs following the July 1 merger of the Cornelius Police Department and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.