Town Left Lawless as ENTIRE Police Department Resigns

Town Left Lawless as ENTIRE Police Department Resigns

( – A salary dispute led to the resignation of the entire police force of a tiny town in southeast Minnesota.

The entire Goodhue Police Department, including the police chief, resigned due to difficulties with compensation.

At a city council meeting, Mayor Ellen Anderson Buck stated, “Since the resignations have been handed in by our police department, it has been recommended by our city attorney that at this point we need to pursue our other options.”

Therefore, since there is no longer a police force, there is no genuine reason to discuss compensation hikes at this time,” she added.

Roughly 1,300 people are living in the city.

Police officers in Goodhue were paid an hourly rate of $22.

According to NBC News:

“A small city in southeastern Minnesota could be left without a police department after the whole force recently resigned, according to officials.

The Goodhue Police Department resigned due to issues with the city’s pay, Mayor Ellen Anderson Buck said at a city council meeting Monday.

The city is located in a county of the same name. It has a population of just over 1,000, according to its website.

The city council met to discuss options for police coverage following the department’s resignation. The meeting was initially called so the city could discuss salary increases for the department. Still, the entire team resigned before it could happen.

Police Chief Josh Smith submitted his resignation at a city council meeting on Aug. 9, the Associated Press reported. A full-time officer and five part-time employees resigned two days after learning about Smith.

At a July 26 city council meeting, Smith said there were “zero applicants” for the city’s police department and disclosed that other law enforcement agencies were trying to recruit him and his colleagues.”

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