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WEST FARGO—Embattled Police Chief Mike Reitan has decided not to accept a three-month severance package offered by the city of West Fargo on Jan. 13. "I chose to allow the agreement to expire," Reitan said Friday, Feb. 3. "The reason I did so is because I was uncomfortable with the requirement that I not speak about the situation, and the fact that I would waive any ability to seek a possible civil action. My next step now is to wait until there is some action by the commission."
WEST FARGO—School officials here are eyeing the North Dakota Legislature in hopes that lawmakers will find a way to keep funding fast-growing school districts such as West Fargo. If the Legislature doesn't come through, the state's fastest-growing school district could face an estimated $4 million budget shortfall in the near future, which could lead to program and staffing cuts.
HORACE, N.D.—The Cass County Sheriff's Office is investigating an incident at Horace Elementary School on Thursday, Jan. 26, that forced the school into a lockdown for most of the day. An investigation is underway and in its early stages, said Sheriff's Office Detective Joe Gress.. Gress declined to comment on the type of investigation, but he said no children or students were involved. "There are no children in danger today or any types of duress like that," he said. School officials said it is a personnel matter.
WEST FARGO — Toxic. Hostile. Favoritism. Unpredictable. Scary. Low morale. Those are terms found in numerous internal police complaints about West Fargo Police Chief Mike Reitan and his leadership released by city officials Tuesday night in response to an open records request filed by The Forum late last week. The documents in Reitan's personnel file may shed light on why West Fargo City Administrator Tina Fisk placed the police chief on paid administrative leave Friday, Jan. 13. The city has offered Reitan a three-month severance package if he leaves the post.