Cloquet City Council seeks new police department study
The Cloquet City Council is pursuing a new study of the Cloquet Police Department.
The council is going to seek proposals from four or five entities, according to City Administrator Aaron Reeves, for a general study of the operations, staffing levels, culture and morale of the CPD.
Reeves said it's "good timing" for a new study, with Chief Jeffrey Palmer having been in place as the regular department head for more than a year.
Palmer was made the interim chief in March 2017 when then-Chief Steve Stracek was placed on leave while the council conducted an investigation into a "vote of no confidence" filed by the Teamsters Local 346, which represents CPD officers and sergeants.
After a lengthy investigation, Stracek was exonerated of allegations contained in the letter, but also retired as chief. Palmer's interim tag was removed in October 2017.
"It's going to be a very broad look at the department and its operations," Reeves said.
The hope is to have proposals submitted to the council by the end of March, with the council selecting the winning proposal at the April 16 meeting.
Reeves said with a study this broad, he expects it to take several months to complete.
The council also conducted a comprehensive study of the department in 2014.