MOORHEAD (AP) -- Officials in Clay County can't discipline their sheriff, who has admitted to having an affair with a female employee, according to the county's labor lawyer.
Attorney Mike Rengel said criticism of Clay County officials' handling of the controversy surrounding the sheriff is "unwarranted" because Minnesota law prevents the county board from taking action.
"There is nothing the county can do," he said. "The public would have to do something."
Alan Gilbert, the chief deputy attorney general in Minnesota, would not comment directly on the case but said county voters could discipline an elected official at the polls.
Sheriff Larry Costello, who has admitted to having "an affair" with Deputy Kathy Cline, comes under little oversight by county commissioners and the public, Rengel said.
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