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Published December 17 2012

Prosecutors reviewing BCA probe of longtime Becker County sheriff

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. – A Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigation involving former Becker County Sheriff Tim Gordon has been turned over to the Stearns County attorney in St. Cloud for review, officials said Monday.

“The Tim Gordon file is still pending investigation,” Stearns County Attorney Janelle Kendall stated in an e-mail.

The BCA agent assigned to the case is currently working on the Nov. 29 fatal shooting of Cold Spring police Officer Tom Decker, “so we do expect some delay,” Kendall stated.

Becker County officials remain “somewhat in the dark” about the exact nature of the investigation, county Administrator Jack Ingstad said.

Ingstad said Sheriff Kelly Shannon, who was appointed to replace Gordon, passed along information from the BCA that the probe had been completed.

Shannon confirmed last week that the BCA had taken possession of a boat, boat trailer and outboard motor purchased by the sheriff’s office last July.

The office had prepared an application to the state Department of Natural Resources for reimbursement through a federal grant, but the application wasn’t submitted, according to public records and a DNR official.

The Forum first reported on the BCA investigation when Gordon announced his resignation Oct. 9 in the middle of a four-year term, citing multiple personal reasons.

Gordon said at the time that he had recently provided information to the BCA that he described as “contractual information” related to the DNR. He said it had nothing to do with his decision to resign.

Gordon’s attorney, Paul Thorwaldsen, of Detroit Lakes, said last week that he had “no indication of any criminal intent on the part of Tim Gordon or any criminal action while he was the sheriff here in Becker County.”

Readers can reach Forum reporter Mike Nowatzki at (701) 241-5528