Robbinsdale police chief resigns after prostitution arrest

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The police chief in Robbinsdale, Minn., has resigned from his position after being arrested in a prostitution sting last month, KSTP reports.

The sting took place at a private residence in Coon Rapids on Feb. 20, KARE 11 reports. Ten people were arrested and issued citations, including Robbinsdale Police Chief Steve Smith.

No information was given at the time of the arrest that Smith was a member of law enforcement, according to police.

Robbinsdale City Council Member William Blonigan told KSTP that Smith resigned Friday night or Saturday.

"He was an exemplary employee, we are all disappointed in the situation," Blonigan said.

"It's a sad day for the city," Robbinsdale Mayor Regan Murphy told KSTP. "Chief Smith made a great contribution to the city and was a great employee. Smith stepping down was the best decision, and the city is moving on."

Capt. Jim Franzen has been named interim police chief, according to the mayor.

No other details regarding last month's sting have been made public.

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