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Ross lawsuit against Stark County moves to federal district court

BISMARCK -- A lawsuit concerning the firing of former Stark County Veterans Service Officer Leslie Ross by the Stark County commissioners last December has been removed from the state’s Supreme Court and accepted into U.S. District Court.

The county motioned the case to federal court due to Ross’ claims that her right to due process, protected under the 14th Amendment of the Constitution, was violated as a result of being terminated without cause and beyond procedure.

The commission terminated Ross at a regular meeting on Dec. 2 following a letter from the state's Department of Veterans Affairs office stating she had engaged in inappropriate conduct while in her position. This led the department to revoke her credentials, which was not brought to light to the commissioners until that day.

Ross’ attorney agreed with the motion when it was made.

Andrew Wernette

Wernette came to The Dickinson Press from his home state of Michigan in April 2015 as reporter for the newspaper's energy, political, crime, courts and cops beats. Before The Press, Wernette worked at his university's newspaper as a section editor, as well as interned at a local county paper as a reporter. Outside of work, he enjoys reading, writing, cooking, taking a stroll and planning his next world travel adventure.

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