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Dispute Brewing in Freeborn County Sheriff's Race

Updated: 07/26/2014 9:11 PM
Created: 07/26/2014 3:34 PM KSTP.com
By: Megan Stewart

A dispute is brewing in the race for Freeborn County sheriff.

A deputy looking to unseat his boss was placed on paid leave the same day he filed to run for office in May, KSTP sister station KAAL reports.

Deputy Dale Glazier was accused of threatening kids at his son's baseball game. The Rochester Police Department opened an investigation into the allegations to avoid a conflict of interest and Glazier was placed on leave.

The department recently closed the case and recommended Glazier go back to work. No charges were filed.

But now, Glazier says tension is running high at the office after his eight weeks off. His first day back was only 55 minutes long.

“There is no communication,” Glazier said. “There’s zero working together.”

Current sheriff Bob Kindler says the timing of the complaint and Glazier's filing for office is strictly a coincidence. Paperwork for both the election and the paid leave was filed minutes apart, KAAL reports.

Kindler says he has no ill feelings toward Glazier and says he distanced himself from the investigation into the alleged misconduct.

“I certainly wanted to treat this as fairly as I possibly could,” Kindler said. “I didn’t want any involvement of myself.”

Both men say they're still in the race, along with Deputy Kurt Freitag.

Voting will take place in November.


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