Farmington Police Chief Officially Fired After Packed City Council Meeting Gets Heated

August 20, 2018 10:31 PM

In a 3 to 2 vote, the Farmington City Council voted to accept a separation agreement with Police Chief Brian Lindquist.

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More than 300 people turned out for Monday night's City Council meeting and nearly every person who took to the podium did so in support of Lindquist, with many people telling City Council members it was their jobs on the line and not Lindquist's.

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"I am so disappointed about this move to fire Chief Linquist," said Farmington resident, Katie Brown. "If the council votes to do this, I can guarantee you will not be here after the next election."

Two of the three city council members who voted to accept the removal of Lindquist declined to offer specifics for their decisions citing legal concerns.

But, the third City Council member who voted in favor of the separation agreement, Katie Bernhjelm, did offer specifics and said it had nothing to do with "personality differences with Chief Lindquist."

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"This decision to move in a new direction is about Chief Lindquist's performance," said Bernjhelm.  "He has not fulfilled his job requirements as asked to do so by this council and he has failed to take responsibility for those actions."

Lindquist's last day on the job is Aug. 24.

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