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Board accepts resignation

By Staff | Oct 10, 2010

Terry Campbell

A Faribault County deputy has resigned following an internal investigation.

On Tuesday, Central Services coordinator Brenda Ripley informed commissioners that 46-year-old Terry Lee Campbell submitted his resignation effective Oct. 6.

The board accepted his resignation and also allowed Ripley to start the search for a replacement.

Sheriff Mike Gormley says he is “deeply disappointed and saddened” by Campbell’s actions.

“As sheriff, I will not tolerate that kind of behavior from any of my employees,” he says. “As law officers, we have been entrusted to enforce and uphold the law. I will not let the citizens of Faribault County down.”

Gormley says the county has a great staff of dispatchers, jailers and deputies who are dedicated and strive to do the best they can.

Campbell has been charged with four felony counts and a gross misdemeanor involving theft of government funds.

Ripley says Campbell will receive a severance of $2,400 for his 15 years of service.

He also will be paid for any unused vacation and sick leave time and is eligible to receive retirement benefits.

Campbell, who was placed on paid administrative leave in July, was earning an annual salary of $50,862.

Ripley says the opening will be placed on the county’s website and in local newspapers for at least two weeks.

Gormley says applications will be taken internally and also will be open to the public.

“Our goal is to get our patrol crew up to full strength. Right now we’ve been filling in with part-time workers,” he says.

Before Campbell’s resignation, the department has been short one deputy since Aug. 17 when Todd Duit was injured in a motorcycle accident in Kentucky.

Campbell’s duties included con-ducting investigations and acting as the county emergency management services director.

The internal probe, which followed the criminal investigation, was conducted by the Waseca Police Department to determine if any county policies and procedures had been violated.

Campbell faces two felony charges of theft and theft by swindle, and two felonies of attempted theft and attempted theft by swindle. He also faces one count of financial transaction card fraud use.

On two charges, each carries a maximum penalty of five years and a $10,000 fine.

Two other counts carry maximum sentences of 2 1/2 years and a $5,000 fine, while the card fraud use charge is one year and a $3,000 fine.

Campbell is scheduled to appear in Martin County District Court on Oct. 19.