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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

[MN] Sleepy Eye Council stands by their firing of Chief Sievert

...[Police Chief David] Sievert is not arguing against those claims, which also include being involved in domestic disputes at his home, even admitting at the meeting that he had substance abuse problems in the past...

FORMER POLICE CHIEF BATTLES SLEEPY EYE FOR OLD JOB
KEYC, MN
September 16, 2008
Last October the Sleepy Eye City Council voted to fire then-Police Chief David Sievert. Both sides met again tonight as Sievert and his lawyer presented an appeal the council released new details about why the chief was fired. News 12's Ryan Gustafson was in Sleepy Eye today, and joins us live with the details. When the Sleepy Eye City Council made their initial decision to fire Sievert, little information was released as to their reasoning. At tonight's council meeting, that would not be the case. Sievert is not arguing against those claims, which also include being involved in domestic disputes at his home, even admitting at the meeting that he had substance abuse problems in the past, but has been sober for over a year.Instead, his appeal to the firing is based on whether or not it followed the procedures laid out by national, state, and city guidelines.The council voted unanimously to uphold their original decision.Sievert's lawyer said the next step is taking their case to the Minnesota Court of Appeals.Live in studio, Ryan Gustafson, News 12. [LINK]

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SLEEPY EYE POLICE CHIEF APPEALS DISMISSAL
KEYC, MN
12-06-2007
We told you back in October, that the police chief in Sleepy Eye was out of a job. Now he's trying to get it back. According to his lawyer, David Sievert is appealing the city council's termination, saying he wasn't given a fair chance by a neutral party. Sievert was fired after the mayor called an emergency meeting with the city council. He'd been on administrative leave since September 10th after an incident where he allegedly put emergency workers at risk. [Link no longer active]

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