Charges dropped against former Mower County jailer

From staff reports

A former Mower County Jail staff member won’t be charged with a criminal offense he was investigated for at the time he was fired by the county three months ago.

The Rice County Attorney’s office reviewed the case of former jailer Eric Anderson and recently determined no criminal charges should be filed against him, Mower County Sheriff Terese Amazi said Wednesday.

Anderson’s employment was terminated, however, because of other personnel-related matters that can’t be disclosed at this time, County Coordinator Craig Oscarson said. His employment status with Mower County isn’t finalized because Anderson’s union has filed a grievance on his behalf, stating he was inappropriately fired, he said.

An independent arbitrator is expected to rule possibly early next year on the matter, Oscarson said.

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