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.