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Police chief candidate was not transparent on his application

His lack of transparency is what led to the Police Civil Service Commission to recommend he be removed from the running.

Posted: May 17, 2018 9:23 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn. -- One of the top three candidates for the Rochester police chief position left a previous employer completely off of his job history on his application.

After looking more closely at his background, the Police Civil Service Commission also discovered that he faced disciplinary action at the job.

City Attorney Jason Loos was at the meeting Wednesday when the commission requested that the candidate be removed from the pool of candidates. "From what they had talked about at the meeting, it didn't sound like it was particularly egregious, but it was just the fact that it was omitted was what they were basing their opinion on," he explains.

Whether or not the disciplinary action taken against him at a prior job was bad, it's the possibility that he purposefully tried to hide that information is what led to his dismissal from the search for a new police chief.

City Clerk tells KIMT the paperwork notifying the candidate of his removal from the search is ready to be sent electronically to the candidate. Once he receives the notice, he has 10 days to respond and has the option to have a public hearing to defend why he should stay in the running.

After that period, his name will either stay on the list of candidates or be removed, depending on the outcome of the 10 day period. After that, his name will become public knowledge.

The top three candidates are Roy Alston, a Dallas, Texas lieutenant with the investigations unit and a community engagement unit commander of the Northeast Patrol Division; Prior Lake police chief Mark Elliot; and James Franklin, captain of the West Command Divison of the Metropolitan Transit Police in Minneapolis.

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