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Published December 10, 2012, 09:34 PM

Dilworth officers asking for police chief to step down

Dilworth, MN (WDAY TV) - Dilworth police officers are calling for the Chief to step down.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Dilworth, MN (WDAY TV) - Dilworth police officers are calling for the Chief to step down.

At tonights city council meeting, officers presented a letter to the council but not allowed to talk about it at the meeting.

This all comes as police chief Josh Ebert is off, suspended for a day on paid administrative leave.

Here's the scene as officers approached council tonight with a letter that states a "no confidence" vote for the chief.

Chad Olson, Dilworth Mayor: “We have policy and procedures in place to go through the proper channels we have rights and responsibilities that we need to address and a public forum is not the time.”

The officers did read the letter for us but would not take questions. It's signed by the five full time officers, and says concerns have been addressed in two prior meetings, with no action or solution.

It calls out the Chief on a number of Administrative Duties including leadership, accountability and ethics.

Officer Brad Browning, Dilworth Police: “We as officers and staff of the police department ask that Chief Ebert voluntarily resign from the position of Chief of Police. We also ask that if Chief Ebert is unwilling to resign at the request of the officers and staff, the City Council request his resignation or pursue his termination as a probationary employee.”

The letter states city staff and officials accused some officers of being bitter because they weren't hired for the Chief position.

It then says all officers rescind any applications or expressed interest in the position. No details were released tonight as to why Chief Ebert was suspended for a day.