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Nobody's saying why Cambridge, MN just got rid of its police chief

He says he wasn't told what the complaints against him are.

Tim Dwyer says he's OK with bringing his 30-year law enforcement career to an end. But the now-former police chief in Cambridge, Minnesota, also says the city did not tell him why they wanted him off the job. 

Dwyer's resignation agreement was approved at a special meeting of the Cambridge city council on Monday, the Isanti County News reports.

Two weeks earlier the city confirmed that Dwyer had been put on administrative leave. But they said state privacy law prevented them from saying why. 

According to a Facebook page run by a former city council member, Dwyer was escorted out of City Hall on Friday, Oct. 28.

"A number of allegations against Chief Dwyer"

After the resignation was approved Monday a lawyer for Cambridge told the Isanti County News: “The city received a number of allegations against Chief Dwyer. Following receipt of those allegations and since that time, the city and Chief Dwyer reached an agreement for his resignation.”

For his part, Dwyer released a statement saying in part: "I never received a copy of the alleged internal complaint or concerns, but I know that the City's Police Department ran well under my leadership."

KSTP has Dwyer's full statement here, in which he says he resigned "so both the City and my family can move forward." 

The station reported earlier this month that an email from city administrator Lynda Woulfe to city council members explained the need for Dwyer to be put on leave by saying she'd received information from the police department "that is very concerning and a thorough review is in order." She added: "It is important to protect the City and its employees from retaliation while the review is being completed." 

Will we ever know? 

Woulfe told both the Isanti County paper and KSTP that documents about the allegations against Dwyer will be made public once private information in them is blacked out – "redacted" is the official term.

She said that will happen within the next 10 days. 

It's anybody's guess whether those redacted documents will give a full picture of the story behind Dwyer's departure. 

Cambridge is a town of nearly 8,700 people in east central Minnesota. 

The police department has 14 full-time uniformed members and three part-time ones. The city says the three sergeants are running the department for the time being and the search for a new chief is underway.

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