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Update: Greisen, PRC meeting rescheduled

Committe will hear testimony from Police Chief Doug Greisen


GreisenA committee of Scappoose city councilors will meet in an open session Tuesday, May 20, at 5 p.m. in the council chambers of Scappoose City Hall to hear testimony from Scappoose Police Chief Douglas Greisen regarding his recent firing. The meeting was originally scheduled for Thursday, but was changed at Greisen's request, said Scappoose Mayor Scott Burge.

The committee, called the Personnel Review Committee, was formed after Greisen appealed interim City Manager Don Otterman's decision to terminate the chief without cause. Made up of councilors Jeff Erickson, Larry Meres and Jason Meshell, the PRC is tasked with determining whether Otterman's decision falls in line with existing law and policy. Otterman said the PRC will likely submit its official recommendation within five days of the Thursday hearing.

Otterman's decision to terminate the chief's contract follows months of investigations into Greisen's conduct as chief, performed by a Salem-based investigative firm. While one investigation sustained ten allegations Greisen violated departmental policies in a February 2013 police chase, two other investigative reports have not yet been released to the public.

Greisen claimed in his appeal that he was terminated for questioning the practices of Otterman and former City Manager Jon Hanken. He wrote in the appeal that city officials systematically separated him from the police department and sought to destroy his reputation.

Otterman has final say on the matter of the chief, despite the PRC's recommendation.


Scappoose Mayor Scott Burge, as well as Council President and Personnel Review Committee member Larry Meres, confirmed Thursday the open meeting was rescheduled for Tuesday, May 20, at 5 p.m. in the council chambers of Scappoose City hall.