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Farmington police chief let go during emotional council meeting

Residents back chief in forum, but council votes 3-2 for removal

August 21, 2018 - 5:06 am

  An emotional and tense city council meeting in Farmington Monday night, where city council members voted to fire the city's police chief.

 The council cites a lack of effective communication with Chief Brian Lindquist for the termination.

 There was much support for Lindquist during an hour of public testimony before council took the 3-2 vote to remove him.

 Many Farmington resident are not happy.

  "All we've been told is personality conflict," said Kimberly Bocker. "I don't like my boss. I mean, who does? It's not a reason to dismiss one from their job."

  In the end, it was Lindquist who urged residents to keep their emotions in check. 

  "I wear my badge to represent the profession, the patch to represent my town, and the name to represent me, and I haven't tarnished any of them," Lindquist said. "I won't do it tonight, I don;t want you to do it tonight."

   Farmington Police Sergeant Gary Rutherford  is now acting chief.