An arbitration hearing has been held for a former Faribault County deputy fired last October, however, it seems more testimony is needed.
Last week, County Attorney Troy Timmerman, an arbitrator from the Bureau of Mediation Services and Shane Dulac’s attorney, Isaac Kaufman of Law Enforcement Labor Services (LELS) in St. Paul, met four days behind closed doors in Blue Earth.
“It’s not over,” says Kaufman. “We will need to re-convene sometime in June or July.”
Timmerman anticipates one day should be enough to complete the hearing.
Kaufman had expected a final decision in the case would be issued sometime next month or July, however, it seems likely that has been pushed back.
Kaufman would not say how many people have been interviewed or how many hours of testimony there has been.
Another attorney with the union has said that a favorable ruling for Dulac could mean he would receive back wages and reinstatement. But, Kaufman would comment on the compensation Dulac is seeking.
Dulac, who had worked for the Sheriff’s Department since December 1997, was placed on paid administrative leave for six months before losing his job.
Dulac’s dismissal came following investigations conducted by the Worthington Police Department and an outside county law agency.
County officials will only say that Dulac was fired for violating department policies and that reasons why he lost his job will be made public after an appeal ruling is issued.
Dulac in his final year of employment earned an annual salary of $56,642.