BREAKING NEWS: BP reaches settlement with its police chief
The State of Minnesota Office of Administrative Hearings was notified on Wednesday that the parties have reached a tentative settlement agreement in the matter of Police Chief Greg Skillestad against the City of Blooming Prairie.
A hearing was to have been held Thursday, June 17 at the Blooming Prairie Government Center. The hearing has been taken off the calendar of the Office of Administrative Hearings.
Skillestad is appealing an evaluation, written reprimand and a performance improvement plan directed at him by Blooming Prairie City Administrator Andrew Langholz. Skillestad's appeal was made to the State Department of Administration last October 2.
Both Skillestad's attorney, Richard Wylie, and the City of Blooming Prairie's attorney, Jason Iacovino, confirmed a tentative settlement. However, neither attorney would relate any terms of the settlement.
Iacovino said "details have yet to see the full council's eyes." The matter will be brought before the city council for approval.
A backlog of cases before the state, partially because of COVID-19, has caused the lengthy delay in hearing the Skillestad appeal.
Chief Skillestad said he is pleased a settlement has been reached. He said he knows no details at this time. "Now we can move on," he added.
We will have more on this developing story as details become available.