Police chief resigns

By Jessica LeDuc
Blade staff writer

A week after a protection from stalking order was filed against Chris Edin, he has resigned as Concordia's police chief.
The announcement came Wednesday morning from Concordia City Manager Larry Uri. He offered no other comment, other than to say Edin's resignation is effective immediately.
Edin was placed on paid administrative leave last Wednesday, pending investigation into two sexual harassment complaints that had been filed against him.
Cloud County District Court documents stated that Edin was prohibited from following, harassing or contacting an employee at the police department, who filed the protection from stalking order.
The plaintiff alleged that Edin called her into his office and sexually harassed her, offering promotions in exchange for sexual favors. In the court documents, she said Edin came to the police department on Feb. 6, and was ordered out of the building by the city attorney. After being told not to contact any member of the Police Department, she said Edin called her.
The plaintiff also contends that Edin used an "undercover" account to e-mail her inappropriate suggestions and comments.
Court documents stated that she needed the protection from stalking order because she was fearful of Edin, who seemed possessive and believed the two had more than an employer/employee relationship.
Edin had served as chief of police since being hired in late 2009. He came to Concordia from Olympia, Wash., where he was a patrol supervisor-sergeant with the Sheriff's Department in Thurston County, Washington.
Lieutenant Michael Copple is currently serving as interim deputy chief of the department, and is responsible for all operations. Uri said he will have a statement on the future of the police department within a few days.
A hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 25 in Cloud County District Court.


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