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Council makes determination in Purvis case

By Staff | Mar 30, 2014

After more than a month of meeting behind closed doors, the Blue Earth City Council has finally reached a determination in the case of employee Todd Purvis.

The council met in a 30 minute closed session last Monday to continue the discussion regarding allegations made against the police officer.

After reconvening from the closed portion of the meeting, city attorney David Frundt revealed a decision had been made concerning Purvis’ employment. However, the council’s decision could not be made public at the time of the meeting.

“The information will remain private due to the employee’s privacy rights,”?Frundt explains.

According to the attorney, due to union contracts and state statutes on the privacy rights of city employees, there are procedures to be followed before the information can be released.

“Once the contract is worked through, then the final determination will be made public,” Frundt explains.

Purvis was at City Hall during the Monday night meeting, however, he did not sit in on the closed session.

In January, Purvis was placed on paid administrative leave. It was at the same time the council voted to hold an investigation into allegations made against the officer.

It was released at the beginning of February what the allegations against Purvis were including alleged misconduct and violations of personnel policies of the city of Blue Earth.

After a separate second investigation, it was determined that officer Purvis would not be facing any criminal charges.

The name of another city employee who has also recently come under investigation has been made public.

According to city administrator Kathy Bailey, the other employee is Wes Bell, a member of the public works staff in the wastewater department.

While the name has been released, the allegations have not and this employee was not discussed at the meeting held Monday night.