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March 28, 2014

Blue Earth decides on officer's future

BLUE EARTH — After more than a month of investigation and discussion, the Blue Earth City Council has reached a decision on how it will handle Officer Todd Purvis, who was put on involuntary administrative leave on Jan. 20.

The council made the announcement after it held a closed session Tuesday. However, the council also announced it would not publicly release its determination until after the police union appeal process is completed.

Blue Earth City Administrator Kathy Bailey said that depending on the conclusion of that process, the council is interested in releasing its decision to the public.

The city's internal investigation into Purvis outlined alleged Blue Earth Police Department policy violations.

The complaint cited policy regarding "sexual harassment via verbal or other physical conduct or communication of sexual nature with a minor," and "conduct constituting lewd behavior" while off duty. An earlier criminal complaint had been dismissed.

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