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“I do want to make this public statement on myself,” said Nelson. “This process has never been about whether Blair Shaffer is a good man. He is still respected by all the Public Safety Committee and obviously by the public. And we are very glad for the conversation we were able to have during executive session, Chief, and with the mannerisms you presented and everything else. We just are at an unfortunate place, and we will just continue on with the grievance process as outlined. But know that everyone thinks you’re a good man and have rendered good service to the city.” After the meeting adjourned, Shaffer gave a statement. “I was disappointed. I would have loved for them to give me my job back. I have a lot of passion for the police department and for this city, and there’s a lot of unfinished business I wanted to do for the police department. But it is definitely not over with. I’ll file a formal grievance tomorrow. The next step is having a hearing in front of a grievance committee. That could be within the next couple of weeks,” said Shaffer. Shaffer plans to make the hearing a public hearing. According to current process, once a formal grievance has been filed, the City has ten days to set a date for the hearing. The grievance committee will hear the grievance, will make a recommendation and will submit it to the City Administrator. The City Administrator will then submit it to the City Council. However, as the Public Safety Committee is now in oversight with the Public Safety Department, they may be the ones to receive and forward the grievance. Shaffer is concerned with the Council’s involvement in his termination. As part of the grievance process, if someone has already formed an opinion in the matter, they may not sit on the grievance committee and hear the grievance. Shaffer is concerned that the two members of Council and the Mayor, who fired him, would again have a vote when it goes before full Council. “How do I get a fair grievance when part of the Council voted to fire me?” asked Shaffer. Supportive friends and concerned residents attended the meeting. Shaffer was joined by his wife, Kimberley, and his daughters Kristin and Kamryn. “My desire is to come back here to Manning. I’ve been here 25 1/2 years. I’d love to stay here and retire on my own terms,” said Shaffer.