Data request details allegations resulting in Cambridge police chief resignation

Cambridge Police Chief Tim Dwyer has resigned after what the city administrator described as "allegations of misconduct."

CAMBRIDGE, Minn. - Cambridge Police Chief Tim Dwyer resigned Monday after what the city administrator described as "allegations of misconduct."

Through a Minnesota Data Practices request, KARE 11 has learned the details of nine "allegations of misconduct" of which Cambridge City Administrator Lynda Woulfe called "very concerning."

In a summary provided by the city, Dwyer was accused of failing to update the police department's policy manual.

"This conduct, if true, puts our City and police department at great risk for liability because officers operating under old, outdated policies that may have had legislative changes and are no longer best practices," the summary reads. "It is also an example of him (Dwyer) being insubordinate to the City Administrator and misleading to the City Council about what he is accomplishing."

Other allegations summarized by the city include Dwyer using money from the drug investigations cash box to purchase new uniforms for officers, the use of city computers for personal use, failing to follow proper finance protocols when ordering items and appearing in an advertisement while wearing a city-issued uniform, among a few others.

Memorandums were also provided by three police sergeants and the City Finance Director, noting "examples of concerning financial transactions" and the "overall impression of the Chief's management style." One of the memos reads, in part, "Tim came from a larger department and has, from day one, been trying to make the Cambridge Police Department bigger than it is..."

Dwyer was on paid administrative leave since Oct. 27. In a statement offered Monday, Dwyer said that he resigned as part of a "mutually agreed-upon decision" and that "over the past few weeks it has become increasingly evident that city administration desires someone new leading their police department. At this point in my life, my wife and I are ok with this."

"I know that the City's Police Department ran well under my leadership, and the citizens of Cambridge should rest assured that their officers are ready to protect their community," Dwyer said in a statement.




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