Minnesota News Roundup: Police chief fires back at officers who want him goneMinnesota News
-- Dilworth's Police Chief has fired back at the officers who tried to oust him from his job.
Dilworth's Police Chief has fired back at the officers who tried to oust him from his job. Josh Ebert says the three full-time officers failed to follow department procedures and disobeyed the mayor. Ebert says he has not been asked to resign and has no intentions to voluntarily resign.
On Monday, some officers handed over a *no confidence* statement to the city council, saying they wanted the chief removed. They did it even after the mayor told them no. Ebert says the statement has a "vague list" of complaints, many of which are decisions that he did not make. He says he's made quite a few accomplishments in the last eight-month and has been doing a good job. Ebert says he treats all his employees fairly, and plans to work with the officers who made the complaint.
It's expected a committee of the Republican-controlled Minnesota Senate this afternoon (330pm) will approve paying an additional 90-thousand dollars in legal bills surrounding the Michael Brodkorb case. The ex-staffer sued the state Senate, claiming gender discrimination when he was fired a year ago during a sex scandal that resulted in the ouster of then Majority Leader Amy Koch. The Senate's legal bills in the case are now approaching 200 thousand dollars. Democrats take control of the Senate when the Minnesota Legislature convenes on January 8th.
A bill designed to protect app users, specifically children and women, from having their location information shared with third parties goes before the Senate Judiciary Committee today (THU). Senator Al Franken is the author of the Stalking Apps bill, which would prevent companies that make software on smartphones and GPS devices from collecting and sharing location information--without the user's explicit consent. The bill also proposes to close a loophole allowing stalking applications to secretly run on women's and girls' smartphones.
High praise from two important players on Governor Dayton's choice to head MN-DOT. Minneapolis Senator Scott Dibble, incoming chairman of the Transportation Committee, says Charlie Zelle has been at the helm of a major turnaround at Jefferson Bus Lines and has led the business community's efforts to support advances in transportation. And Eliot Seide, head of the AFSCME state employee union, says Zelle "has a good reputation for being a hands-on boss who listens to frontline workers at his union bus company." Zelle takes over at MN-DOT in January after Tom Sorel left for a job with Triple-A Minneapolis.