Another example of a cop that never should have been…but why was she carried for 19 years??

Superior police chief seeks termination of veteran officer
By Superior Telegram Today at 8:10 p.m.

A 19-year veteran of the Superior Police Department is facing termination for repeated violations of department general orders and operating procedures, and conduct unbecoming an officer, according to charges filed with the city’s Police and Fire Commission.

Master Officer Lynn Ristau is accused of professional incompetence and willful neglect of duty.

“Officer Ristau has shown a propensity to avoid volatile situations — exactly the type of situations that require immediate and decisive participation by law enforcement,” the charges filed by Superior Police Chief Nicholas Alexander state.

According to the charges, which cite incidents going back to June 2006, Ristau has allegedly failed to respond to a bar fight involving multiple people, was insubordinate to supervisors and failed to adequately document a domestic incident in which a firearm was fired.

More-recent incidents include her allegedly responding to a vandalism call rather than a domestic call involving a weapon, despite being in close proximity to the more dangerous call, and allegedly allowing a subject of a traffic stop to leave her area of control; the subject was wanted on a warrant, and fellow officers were unable to locate him.

In one incident, Ristau is accused of inaction that resulted in another officer being injured; she’s also accused of failing to obtain evidence in a fatal hit-and-run involving a pedestrian in 2012.

According to the charges, Ristau has had at least one deficiency on 15 annual evaluations, and officer safety as a documented concern on at least five evaluations.

“Her performance has so troubled her superiors that a Work Improvement Plan was initiated,” the charges against Ristau state. “Unfortunately, the plan did not result in improved performance.”

The Police and Fire Commission will consider scheduling a pre-hearing and hearing on the matter when it meets at 6 p.m. today in Room 204 of the Government Center.

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