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Published: Friday, 9/4/2009

Oregon police officer suspended for 20 days

BLADE STAFF

Oregon Mayor Marge Brown's son, who is a city police officer, will be suspended without pay for 20 days following an police department investigation of officer misconduct, a city official confirmed Friday.

Jeffrey Brown, 39, and the police union have agreed to the upcoming suspension, part of which will be served in October and part in January, said Kenneth Filipiak, Oregon administrator.

A report on the investigation done by the police department was filed Friday.

"We consider the matter closed at this point," said Mr. Filipiak, adding Officer Brown did not receive special consideration.

Officer Brown could not be reached for comment. Mayor Brown, who is facing off against two opponents in the Sept. 15 primary, declined to comment Friday.

Officer Brown is president of the Oregon Police Patrolman Association and has no prior discipline records in his personnel file. He has been an Oregon police officer since Sept. 7, 1999, and previously was turned down for the position of sergeant.

This is not the first city issue involving Officer Brown.

In 2003, a former police officer filed a sex discrimination lawsuit in Lucas County Common Pleas Court against the city of Oregon. Candace S. Elliott had alleged she was fired in August, 2002, after she rejected the advances of Officer Brown, who told colleagues the Curtice woman was a safety hazard and demeaned her law enforcement abilities.

Ms. Elliott claimed she subsequently received unfavorable performance evaluations and was treated differently from male officers, according to the lawsuit. The case was settled with the city and defendants ordered to pay $182,500 to Ms. Elliott.



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