Charges withdrawn after officer agrees to resign
Charges filed with the Superior Police and Fire Commission against an officer have been withdrawn.
According to Superior Police Chief Nicholas Alexander, Master Officer Lynn Ristau has entered into a settlement that will result in her resignation at the end of the year.
"She’s not working," Alexander said.
Ristau, who has been on paid administrative leave since April and will remain on paid leave until her employment ends Dec. 31.
Alexander said the city entered into the agreement for a number of reasons, including the reality that she would remain on leave until the Police and Fire Commission rendered a decision. The citizen panel wasn’t even expected to hear the case until next week.
Alexander said he was advised the legal costs alone could exceed $30,000 and the outcome wasn’t guaranteed.
Ristau was facing a hearing to consider termination next week on allegations of professional incompetence and willful neglect of duty.
The last time the Police and Fire Commission considered terminating a police officer was in 2011 when then-Chief Floyd Peters sought to terminate Officer Kirk Babic for theft. After two days of testimony, the commission opted to give Babic a second chance.