City Prepares for Jouppi's Arbitration

Updated: 12/05/2013 11:09 PM
Created: 12/05/2013 10:53 PM
By: Zach Hammer

Duluth Police Officer Richard Jouppi was found not guilty of assault and disorderly conduct in a widely-publicized trial last month.

The two misdemeanor charges stemmed from an incident last November at a Duluth detox facility. 

Now the question is whether Jouppi still has a job.

Duluth Police Chief Gordon Ramsay has said he will do everything he legally can to keep Jouppi off the police force. 

After the trial, Jouppi's defense attorney says whether he returns to duty depends on a labor dispute with the Duluth Police Department.

On Thursday, the Duluth City Council preliminarily agreed to appropriate $50,000 to hire an outside law firm, Madden Galanter Hansen, LLP, to represent the city in the upcoming arbitration proceedings. 

City Councilor Sharla Gardner says the resolution is on the consent agenda, along with other procedural matters, for Monday's full council meeting. Gardner says it is likely to pass then.

City Attorney Gunnar Johnson couldn't pin down an exact date as to when the arbitration proceedings would begin.

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