Brainerd Police Sgt. Becky Putzke has amended her lawsuit regarding the police chief search to include the specific names of Brainerd officials.
Putzke's amended complaint, filed with the Crow Wing County District Court May 24, specifically names Mayor James Wallin, council President Lucy Nesheim and council member Frank Asplund. All three were members of the interview panel during the search for a police chief to replace Frank Ball.
In her complaint, Putzke claims Wallin, Nesheim and Asplund met in illegally closed meetings, on both Dec. 5 and Dec. 14, to discuss the police chief search.
Putzke's former complaint was against only the city of Brainerd, and did not name the specific defendants.
The city has until June 13 to answer the complaint.
Putzke was one of the final candidates for the police chief position. The city council May 7 approved former Mora Police Chief John Bolduc for the Brainerd chief position. Bolduc started May 15.
The Brainerd police chief position has been vacant since Ball retired at the end of July to take a position as the director of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety's Alcohol and Gambling Division.
Capt. Lyman Dahl had served as acting police chief since Ball's retirement, but he did not seek the full-time police chief position.
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