Devils Lake Police Chief Suspended

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The Devils Lake police chief and his top captain have been suspended after a city assessment of the department.

The City Commission on Monday placed Chief Keith Schroeder and Capt. Jon Barnett on paid administrative leave until officials can decide their future. Thirty-year force veteran Sgt. Jim Frank will handle the chief's duties in the meantime.

The city assessment of the 18-member department found low morale, reports of a hostile work environment and an opinion of some officers that the department is a "laughingstock."

Schroeder has been chief for seven years. Barnett has been with the department for 34 years.

Schroeder does not have a listed telephone number. A number listed for Barnett is disconnected.

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