The fate of Paco, a Whitestown Police Department K-9 at the center of an officer's resignation, has been decided.
The Whitestown Board of Police Commissioners accepted K-9 Officer Nate Harves' resignation during its June 3 meeting; In April, WPD Chief Dennis Anderson had brought before the commissioners several charges against Harves, which included engaging in "insubordinate conduct" among other transgressions. The board had discussed Harves' resignation in May, but attorneys for both sides were unable to reach an agreement on what to do with Paco.
A copy of their eventual agreement was obtained Thursday, June 26, after a public records request. As part of the agreement, Anderson withdrew and dismissed the disciplinary charges. The agreement also allowed Harves, who was hired in 2010 and served as the department's K-9 unit with Paco, to make a bid for the dog, which had been put up for sealed bid auction Wednesday, June 25.
According to the agreement, Harves was able to participate in the sale of Paco as long as he takes a liability insurance policy if he acquires ownership of the dog. Harves was the only bidder for Paco, offering $2,520 for the animal, Anderson said Thursday, June 26.
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