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Dilworth Police Chief Happy with Results of Investigation

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UPDATE

Dilworth Police Chief Joshua Ebert says he's very happy with the findings reached by investigators into officer complaints against him.  Dilworth city leaders had a closed-door meeting late Thursday afternoon to go over the findings.

Phone calls to them were not returned. In a written statement, Ebert says: "I am proud of my accomplishments as chief of police for the city of Dilworth and I look forward to working with my officers to resolve any remaining issues that led to this process."

A Fergus Falls law firm investigated allegations against Josh Ebert after six officers signed a letter asking for his resignation, citing "no confidence" in him. Ebert faced unspecified allegations, involving administrative duties such as scheduling, budgeting, leadership and ethics.

ORIGINAL STORY

The entire Dilworth Police Department is speaking out against their chief, asking for his resignation. Dilworth Police Chief Josh Ebert was placed on temporary relief of duty Friday afternoon after internal complaints. He's since been reinstated by the city to resume his duties, but tonight (Monday), his department stood up in front of city council, hoping for change.

This issue with Chief Ebert, according to some of the police officers who were at the meeting tonight, has been going on for months. They say, they've brought their concerns up to city before and nothing has been done.

Here is a list of concerns the department has with Chief Ebert:

- Scheduling
- Hiring
- Budgeting
- Planning
- Leadership
- Communication
- Accountability
- Ethics
- Trainability
- Adaptability
- Personal and Professional Relationships 

Tonight at the meeting, a few officers tried speaking out, but the council would not allow them to do so, saying this was an internal matter. The council also would not comment on it.

City Administrator Ken Parke says they will be looking into this matter. He added that no "official complaint" has been made, and expects the matter to be resolved soon.

As for Chief Ebert, he was at the meeting tonight in full uniform and will resume complete duties tomorrow (Tuesday).

 

Here is the complete letter from the officers:

Monday, December 10, 2012

Dilworth City Council
Ken Parke, City Administrator

We, as officers and staff of the Dilworth Police Department, would like to address our expressed vote of "No Confidence" in the ability of Chief Josh Ebert to manage our Police Department.

These issues were addressed in two previous meetings, one occurring on May 9th, 2012 between LELS Business Agent Doug Biehn and the other on August 29th, 2012 between Police Department officers and staff and City Administrator Ken Parke.

In these meetings, concern regarding Chief Ebert's job performance were evaluated relating to Administrative Duties to include; Scheduling, Hiring, Budgeting, Planning, Leadership, Communication, Accountability, and Ethics. In addition to these subjects we, as officers and staff, also address concerns regarding Trainability, Adaptability, and Personal and Professional Relationships.

During the initial meeting with Business Agent Biehn, City Administrator Parke requested that officer's and staff provide him with information and concerns regarding Chief Ebert's job performance due to his inability to monitor these actions from City Hall. This information was provided to City Administrator Parke at the second meeting with officers and staff.

Having this in mind, we as officers and staff have had no indication that these issues have been addressed and have not seen any improvement or change with Chief Ebert.

It has been brought to our attention, as stated by City Staff and Officials, that there are concerns that the officers that also applied for the position internally are bitter in regards to their consideration for the position and are not giving Chief Ebert a fair chance at the positions or for improvement.

During numerous meetings and conversations with the City Administrator Parke it has been clearly address to the contrary and he was provided with numerous examples of how officers and staff have worked, repeatedly, with Chief Ebert to assist him during his period of acclimation.

In regards to any concerns that have been expressed that any of the internal applicants are still trying to pursue employment as Chief of Police for our department, the applicants officially and publicly rescind any applications or expressed interest in the position.

The officers and staff of the Dilworth Police Department have worked tirelessly and unselfishly. We take pride in our department and the work we do for the City of Dilworth and residents.

We, as officers and staff, of the police department ask that Chief Ebert voluntarily resign from the position of Chief of Police.

We also ask that, if Chief Ebert is unwilling to resign at the request of the officers and staff, the City Council request his resignation or pursue his termination as a Probationary Employee.

Thank you for your consideration and your time.

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