McLean deputy files grievance over demotion

WASHBURN A McLean County deputy who is running for sheriff has filed a grievance over a demotion that occurred last month.

Curt Olson of Garrison said he has retained an attorney and is following the county’s personnel policy in seeking redress through the grievance process. McLean County Sheriff Don Charging said that although the grievance was filed after the policy’s deadline, he believes the grievance process needs to be allowed in this case. A hearing on the complaint hasn’t yet been scheduled.

Charging demoted Olson from captain on July 9 on grounds that Olson has failed to follow department procedures on three occasions. The incident that promoted the demotion related to a traffic stop.

Olson posted his job performance evaluations from 2006 through last April on his campaign Facebook page. The evaluations, which were signed by Charging beginning in 2009, showed excellent reviews. Olson has worked for the McLean County Sheriff’s Department since October 2003 and is a 29-year veteran of law enforcement. He previously had served as police officer in Kenmare.

Olson is running against Chief Deputy J.R. Kerzmann for sheriff in the November election. Charging, who has been in office since 1998, is not seeking re-election.