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By Jean Ruzicka, Forum Communications Co., Published January 16 2010

Akeley police chief put on leave

AKELEY, Minn. – The police chief here has been placed on administrative leave, but beyond that, city officials are staying mum.

Mayor Jennifer Mitchell recently announced during a city council meeting that police Chief Eric Klein was placed on leave, offering no further information.

The city council is scheduled to discuss the issue with the city attorney in a closed meeting Tuesday.

Klein did not attend the meeting where it was announced that he was placed on leave, nor did he submit a monthly police report.

His hours were cut to 20 at the end of December as a cost-saving measure for the city.

Jean Ruzicka is a reporter at The Park Rapids (Minn.) Enterprise, which is owned by Forum Communications Co.