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No action on W’bago PD officer

By Staff | Mar 4, 2018

The Winnebago City Council gathered for a special closed session meeting last Tuesday to discuss an employee disciplinary matter regarding part-time Winnebago police officer Colton Ryg.

According to a complaint filed against Ryg, the alleged misconduct occurred on Dec. 8 during his visit to Sally Beauty Supply in Albert Lea.

The complaint form states Ryg visited the establishment to speak with store manager Kristy Elseth to discuss the firing of his girlfriend. The officer requested a copy of his girlfriend’s personal file and wanted to know why she was fired.

After informing Ryg that she could not provide him with the information, Elseth stated the officer responded by saying he was going to file a lawsuit.

The complaint states officer Ryg then lifted up his shirt to show his badge and said to Elseth “Here is my badge, we’ll see what happens.”

The officer then left the establishment and went into his truck to talk to his girlfriend. After about five minutes, Ryg returned to the store and again requested a copy of his girlfriend’s personal records.

At this time, Elseth st ated she felt concerned for her safety and called the Albert Lea Police Department. Albert Lea stated no criminal charges would be filed in the case.

After a 22-minute closed session discussion, the City Council passed a motion to take no further action on the matter. Citing the Data Practices Act, city attorney David Frundt indicated no further details are available to the public.