Thousands Sign Online Petition to Keep Farmington Police Chief

August 19, 2018 10:17 PM

Farmington's police chief may soon be fired. But more than 2,000 people are demanding Brian Lindquist keep his job.

Like most growing cities, Farmington has seen a lot of change over the past 20 years. But one constant was Lindquist, who people now simply call "chief."

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"And, he's probably one of the best chiefs we've had. Really outgoing and a heck of a nice guy," Longbranch Saloon owner Kenny Labeau said.

Labeau has owned the Longbranch Saloon for 32 years in the heart of Farmington. He said he has never experienced a better chief than Lindquist.

RELATED: Farmington City Council to Decide on Separation Agreement With Police Chief

"And, the people around here just love him and have always thought he had a heck of a personality and outgoing," Labeau said.

An online petition, which just started last Thursday, has more than 2,000 signatures demanding the City Council keep Lindquist on the job.

5 EYEWITNESS NEWS asked the mayor and city administrator to explain why Lindquist was being fired, but they have not yet responded.

Lindquist said he has not been disciplined or received a poor job review in his 12 years as chief. He said his firing has come with little explanation.

"I don't recall receiving any information other than a personality conflict between myself and some of the council members," Lindquist said.
   
The City Council will vote Monday on a separation agreement with Lindquist. If that passes, he says the city's 27 officers will need the community's support.

"The continuity of that group is the most important thing so they can continue to provide that same service to the city,” Lindquist said.

The organizer of the online petition hopes to get up to 300 people at Monday night's City Council meeting to support Lindquist. That meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Farmington City Hall.

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