A female police officer who was placed on administrative leave after being accused of writing false traffic-warning citations has received a payout from her employer, the Hastings Police Department.
Valerie Scharfe, who was a 15-year veteran of the police force and the first female officer in Hastings, was charged with misconduct by a public official after a clerical worker discovered that 37 warning tickets Scharfe issued contained names not found in state driving records.
Scharfe resigned in January 2008, but followed up by charging that she had been the victim of workplace harassment. The exact details of her claims will never be known, since the settlement came before Scharfe’s attorneys filed a lawsuit.
The settlement included a payout of $105,000 to the officer and $25,000 to her attorneys.