By Nicole Montesano • Staff Writer • 

Police union files for arbitration in Heidt firing

It will be the second arbitration in recent years for Heidt, whose actions during a 2010 traffic stop led to a federal lawsuit against the city, settled in June for $295,000.

In 2012, Police Chief Ron Noble demoted Heidt from sergeant and suspended him without pay for a week after he was involved in a late night drunken confrontation outside a club in Seaside while off duty. Noble said at the time that Heidt had failed to maintain the standards the city expects of its police officers.

The union took the discipline to an arbitrator, who ruled that the demotion stood, but that the city must reinstate the withheld pay.

Noble fired Heidt in June over concerns about his credibility, after both an internal investigation, and an independent investigation by a Woodburn police captain brought in to review the case found that Heidt’s account of the 2010 traffic stop did not match a patrol car video tape of the incident. Heidt had thrown a passenger to the ground, and beaten him, causing broken bones, then arrested the man for resisting arrest. But both investigations found that he had no grounds to initiate an arrest.

Following those findings, District Attorney Brad Berry told Noble he would be notifying local defense attorneys about the credibility concerns – making any court testimony by Heidt regarding his arrests essentially useless. The municipal court prosecutor also said that she would be unable to rely on testimony from Heidt.



How much does this drunken lout have to cost the city before he realizes he is an embarrassment and moves on with his life? The entitlement mentality is alive and well in the ranks of the police union. There truly is no shame anymore.

john fritter

then they should make him pay back what they paid him while on "paid administrative leave" for an off duty display of stupidity!!!! I just wonder how many other employers would give an employee paid vacation (above and beyond what they already get) while they heal from an ass kicking they got after picking on a handicapped guy???????


The entitlement mentality and not wanting to be held accountable in some of our police and their union is worse than any welfare queen having babies with any daddy just for the benefits.

Why do our local cops have a union anyway?


The Heidt incidences of violence and thuggery are embarrassments to this city. Whatever uniform he wears in the future won't stop his bullying behavior. He is the problem that travels with him wherever he goes.The people of this city will be wary in the event they see flashing lights behind them. To protect and serve? More like To Kick, Tase and Maul. Oh, yeah, then lie.

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