Cambridge Police Chief Resigns after Misconduct Allegations

November 13, 2017 10:28 PM

The video above aired Nov. 3, when KSTP obtained emails from the city regarding the decision to place Dwyer on paid administrative leave.


Former Cambridge Police Chief Tim Dwyer has resigned from his duties after an investigation regarding allegations of misconduct.

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Dwyer said in a statement he reached a "mutually agreed-upon decision" effective last Monday, Nov. 6.

One week later, the city held a closed-door meeting to discuss the agreement accepting his resignation and retirement from Cambridge. The council unanimously accepted the resignation.

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However, Dwyer said in a statement, "I never received a copy of the alleged internal complaint or concerns, but I know that the City's Police Department ran well under my leadership, and the citizens of Cambridge should rest assured that their officers are ready to protect their community. I wish them well."

His full statement reads:

I want to thank the residents of Cambridge and the wonderful police department staff who have worked side by side with me to make a difference in this community. But, over the past few weeks it has become increasingly evident that city administration desires someone new leading their department. At this point in my life, my wife and I are OK with this. As many of you know, our family has dealt with tremendous stress of two children going through childhood cancer, and thus we have little energy or desire for me to remain in the stressful position of Police Chief. 

Effective November 6th, 2017, under a mutually agreed-upon decision, my letter of resignation and notice of retirement were received by the city of Cambridge so both the City and my family can move forward.

As to the concerns expressed to the City that resulted in my being placed on leave, it is my understanding that the City was following its normal procedures looking into issues once they are presented. I never received a copy of the alleged internal complaint or concerns, but I know that the City's Police Department ran well under my leadership, and the citizens of Cambridge should rest assured that their officers are ready to protect their community. I wish them well.

RELATED: Cambridge Police Chief Placed on Paid Leave

In an email to Cambridge City Council members that KSTP obtained, City Administrator Lynda Woulfe said she had received information from the police department "that is very concerning and a thorough review is in order. It is important to protect the City and its employees from retaliation while the review is being completed so the paid administrative leave is necessary."

Dwyer was also given a "no contact" order, and council members were urged not to contact him because of the potential for litigation.

The allegations remain unclear.

The city will release documents related to the allegations in the next 10 days; however, officials told KSTP's Joe Mazan some of those documents may be considered private and not be fully released.

The city is also beginning its search for a new police chief. 

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