Brownsdale Police Chief Fired

Posted at: 11/04/2013 7:48 PM
Updated at: 11/12/2013 11:27 AM
By: John Doetkott

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- Brownsdale City Council voted unanimously Monday night to terminate Police Chief Jason Mindrup who was recently charged with criminal sexual conduct.

Mindrup had been on leave since early September when a complaint was issued. Last week, he was charged with two felony counts of criminal sexual conduct. A woman claims he assaulted her in August after offering her a ride.

It didn't take the city council long to make the decision. Shortly after calling the meeting to order, the council went into a closed session for only about 15 minutes. When they opened the meeting back up, a motion to terminate Mindrup was quickly approved.

Councilors gave no explanation for their decision, and despite some residents saying he should be put on unpaid leave until the criminal case can be resolved, councilors said they consulted extensively with their attorney and felt this was the proper course of action.

The city is currently being patrolled by a part-time officer and the Mower County Sheriff's Office.

City officials have yet to discuss long-term plans for filling Mindrup's position and ABC 6 will work to bring you more information on that as well as any developments in the criminal case.

Mindrup is not in custody. He's set to be in court November 14th.