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W’bago loses chief – again

By Staff | Mar 9, 2014

The Winnebago Police Department is without a chief again.

Interim police chief Bob Toland submitted his resignation from the position after filling in since the beginning of January.

“We’ll be working with our existing officers and the Faribault County Sheriff’s office to maintain the same level of coverage,”?city administrator Chris Ziegler says.

Although the city is covered for now, they are continuing the hiring process for a replacement.

Toland submitted his original resignation last October, which was effective as of Nov. 30, 2013.

The city had hired officer Mike Beletti from within to fill the position. However, Beletti then took a position with a different law enforcement agency and resigned, working his last day with the Winnebago department on Jan. 3.

In January, Toland stepped back in to fill the position until a new chief was hired and recently submitted his second resignation effective, March 1.

“We had been hoping to have the position filled by the end of March,”?Ziegler says. “But, it will most likely be mid April.”

There have been a total of 27 applicants, two of which have since withdrawn their names.

“Bob and I scored the applications and the highest scores are selected for interviews,”?Ziegler explains.

The interviews began the week of Mar. 3 and are being conducted by a hiring committee who was established by the City Council.

The hiring committee consists of Ziegler, Toland, council members Scott Robertson and Rick Johnson, Faribault County Sheriff Mike Gormley and Chief Deputy Scott?Adams.

The city hopes to complete the first round of interviews by March 13, after which the finalists will be selected.

The finalists will then be brought back for second interviews and those will be conducted by the full council.