Cloquet City Council accepts resignation of fired police officer

After an agreement was reached between the two parties on May 20, the council made the motion to accept the agreement and the officer's resignation June 7.

A Cloquet Police Department squad vehicle.
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CLOQUET — City Administrator Tim Peterson confirmed the Cloquet City Council approved the resignation of a fired police officer, after a closed session with legal counsel Tuesday, June 7.

Peterson said the decision was unanimous by the council to accept the agreement reached with officer Laci Silgjord and accept her resignation.

While the agreement was reached on May 20, the resignation and motion by the council was effective June 7, according to Peterson, and no other information was provided about the decision.

The council voted in February to terminate Silgjord's employment, and no additional information or public discussion was provided or made public by the city council.

Benjamin Kwan, Silgjord's attorney, sent a statement to the Pine Journal in response to the decision from the council.


“Officer Silgjord’s settlement follows allegations that retaliation and discrimination motivated the City’s intent to terminate her employment.," he said. "Officer Silgjord is not afraid to confront the powerful and help the vulnerable — and this settlement allows her to continue that advocacy without the burden of a lawsuit.”

In his statement he also included a statement on behalf of Silgjord:

“I proudly dedicated my life to the service of others through both my military and law enforcement career. This is a bittersweet time in my life, as I will miss the community and my work towards justice for crime victims. However, I am hopeful to put this chapter behind me and move on to new opportunities for myself and my family," she said.

Kwan added that Silgjord's focus now is on healing and she does not plan to offer additional comments at this time.

This story was updated at 1:26 p.m. June 16, with comments from Silgjord and her attorney.  It was originally posted at 11:04 a.m. June 15.

Motions by the prosecution and defense to increase or decrease the bail, respectively, were denied by the judge.

Dylan covers the local governments of Cloquet and Carlton County, as well as the Esko and Wrenshall school boards for the Cloquet Pine Journal.
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