Former Interim Police Chief Chuck Walerius will not appeal the decision of a Rice County judge. Judge Neuville granted the City a dismissal last November saying that the City hired Monte Nelson because he emerged as the best qualified candidate, and Walerius failed to show that this was not the true reason for selecting him. Walerius had 30 days to appeal. Attorney Barbara Felt said, in part, while they remain very disappointed with the Judges decision, “their client” has chosen not to appeal.
Walerius had sued the City for age discrimination after Monte Nelson was named Chief of Police in January of 2014. Walerius commented, “I wish the police department all the best luck in the world, there’s some great people there, there’s no doubt about it. And Monte’s doing a great job”. He added, “my beef is and always has been with the City. And I think that it’s just time, both my wife and I talked about it, and it’s just time to for us to move on”. Walerius is teaching drivers ed to teenagers and also come college course.
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