Former Crystal Police Officer Reaches Agreement with City

Updated: 05/30/2014 5:43 PM
Created: 05/30/2014 5:24 PM
By: Megan Stewart

A former Crystal police officer has reached a settlement with the city after nearly two years of paid leave.

According to the city, Robin Erkenbrack retired from the police department April 15. He had been with the department for nearly 30 years before he was demoted in May 2013. He was terminated in September 2013 after employment investigations, according to Kimberly Therres, a spokesperson for the city.

Alan Watt a patrol officer, said he and Erkenbrack, his patrol boss, were discriminated against after the pair had questioned Police Chief Stephanie Revering's inaction on a theft report. Both officers say they thought Crystal Police Department was not pursuing a theft case because the suspect was a police officer from a neighboring city.

Both Watt and Erkenbrack were placed on paid leave in 2012. In the past, the city would not comment on why and still hasn't give a reason. However, Therres says the city maintains it had reason for the employment actions.

Neither the city nor Erkenbrack have admitted to any wrongdoing. Therres says both the city and Erkenbrack wanted to resolve the dispute to avoid more expenses and uncertainty of continued litigation.

The terms of the agreement say Erkenbrack may not reapply for employment with the city, nor can he enter non-public city property without permission.

A call to the city requesting more details of the settlement late Friday afternoon was not immediately returned.

A flyer in support of Alan Watt (left) and Robin Erkenbrack (right)
Photo: KSTP/File

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