St. Joseph police chief placed on administrative leave as council investigates complaint

He commands eight sworn police officers in the Minnesota city.
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The police chief in St. Joseph, Minnesota has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation into his conduct.

The St. Joseph City Council is meeting on Monday evening in a closed session to discuss allegations against Chief Joel Klein.

The city has not said what the complaint against Klein is about, other than it was received on Thursday.

KARE 11 reports that Klein has been with the department for 17 years, and was named the chief in 2013.


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He commands a small department of 8 sworn police officers, 1 support staffer and 9 voluntary reserves, according to the St. Joseph website.

It covers a population of more than 6,500 in St. Joseph, just west of St. Cloud, which is home to the College of Saint Benedict.

The St. Cloud Times notes that while a decision about Klein could be made at the closed-doors meeting Monday, any action taken would have to be done in a meeting open to the public.

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