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Cloquet police chief on paid voluntary leave

Cloquet Police Chief Jeff Palmer

Cloquet Chief of Police Jeff Palmer is on paid voluntary leave as of Tuesday, April 16, though the city can't yet provide further comment as to why or for how long.

City Administrator Aaron Reeves assigned Commander Carey Ferrell to perform the chief's duties during Palmer's voluntary leave.

Reeves said the chief's voluntary leave is unrelated to the investigation that took place after former police chief Wade Lamirande filed complaints in January against city officials, including Palmer.

Lamirande had accused Palmer of mishandling a complaint against the Cloquet Police Department regarding harassing phone calls from CPD employees that Lamirande claimed he and his family received after he retired in 2014.

Reeves, who handled Lamirande's complaint against Palmer, decided not to take disciplinary action after receiving the investigative report from attorney Michelle Soldo last week.

"We will provide updates when we can," Reeves said of Palmer's leave, "but at this point, this is all the city is really able to say."

Palmer has served as police chief since October 2017.

Andee Erickson

Andee Erickson has been a reporter with the Pine Journal since November 2018. She studied journalism and geography at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, while working at the Leader-Telegram newspaper on weekends. She graduated in 2018. Erickson's from southern Minnesota, but started viewing the north as home after interning for the Duluth News Tribune in the summer of 2017.