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Published March 07, 2012, 10:17 PM

Ada police chief claims mismanagement in resignation letter

Ada, MN (WDAY TV) - The Ada Police Chief is saying goodbye, but he's not leaving on the best of terms with City Council.

The Ada Police Chief is saying goodbye, but he's not leaving on the best of terms with City Council.

In his resignation letter Krohmer wrote, "In the ten years I have been here, I have seen so many employees (including myself) disrespected and not be able to do their job effectively. The micromanaging of the mayor and the council is terrible."

Wade Krohmer – Ada Police Chief: "They wanna know each time you make a purchase and part of that is their job, but the thing is we do have a budget, we already have a plan where that money is coming out of."

Jim Austinson – Ada City Councilman: "If they go over budgets we want an explanation, and I'm sure the people do too."

Chief Krohmer was also concerned about discussion to eliminate the police department and contract with the sheriff's department.

Wade Krohmer: "When the sheriff's department here is also having trouble they don't have the man power to handle what they have, let alone take on a city of 1,700 people so many services will be lost."

The issue was brought up in the last election, but Mayor Jim Ellefson says it has not been seriously discussed. He refused to go on camera. Councilman Jim Austinson says the men never saw eye to eye.

Jim Austinson: "I think Chief Krohmer felt that maybe he was being picked on by Mayor Ellefson."

Wade Krohmer: "Our personalities are different and we never got along."

City Council appointed Officer Jody Bueing as interim police chief. They also plan to hold a special meeting to discuss the police department. No date has been set.

Krohmer's resignation takes effect tomorrow. Mayor Ellefson says the claims of micromanagement are not true.

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