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Goodhue’s police chief and six other officers have submitted their resignations, citing low pay. The chief received a job offer with a neighboring department, the Star Tribune and KARE reported.
On August 9, 2023, Goodhue Police Chief Josh Smith submitted his resignation, citing the city’s offered $22 an hour wage could not recruit and retain staff. On Aug. 11, the six other officers submitted their resignations as well.
During a city council meeting on July 26, Smith said the small police force had zero applicants to fill positions.
At the time, five part-time officers, one full-time officer and Smith made up the city’s police force.
Smith and the other full-time officer will continue working for Goodhue until August 23, when their resignation becomes effective. Smith stated he’s taking a position in nearby Lake City, Minnesota.
Goodhue will seek help from the Goodhue County Sheriff’s Office until the positions are filled.
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