By Lynda Jensen
WINSTED, MN Full-time police officer Mike Mensen resigned, effective Monday, after being placed on paid administrative leave by the City of Winsted due to alleged misconduct, according to City Administrator Brent Mareck.
A statement was released by the city, which is as follows:
"Officer Mike Mensen submitted a letter of resignation to the City of Winsted. Officer Mensen’s last day of employment with the City of Winsted was yesterday, Nov. 9. There had been a complaint against Officer Mensen; however, the complaint is no longer under investigation since he is no longer an employee of the City of Winsted. The details of the complaint are considered private data according to Minnesota State Statutes, which in turn prohibits the City of Winsted from providing any specific information regarding the complaint. The closed session of the Winsted City Council scheduled for Monday, November 16th has been cancelled."
Mensen has been with the force since 2007, and most recently was given a step increase effective May 20, 2009, during his performance review.
The city had previously planned to conduct a closed meeting 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16 to address the matter.
A previous statement was released by the City of Winsted:
“The Winsted City Council has placed Officer Mike Mensen on paid administrative leave, pending the outcome of an investigation regarding allegations of misconduct. The Winsted City Council will continue its closed session on this matter Monday, Nov. 16 at 5 p.m.
“Minnesota state statutes prohibit the City of Winsted from sharing details of the alleged misconduct regarding Officer Mensen until the investigation has been completed.”
The Winsted Police Department has three full-time officers, Mensen, Justin Heldt, and Dan Pohl, along with Chief Mike Henrich, who is also full time.