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Spirit Lake Police Chief Resigns; Cites 'Conflict With Mayor'

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Police chief Gene Marquez has resigned his position after serving as the city's Police Chief for less than one year. Marquez took the position after former chief Patrick Lawless resigned amid sexual harassment allegations and a lawsuit filed. Marquez tells KHQ's Dylan Wohlenhaus that he had his resignation papers signed on October 30th, but handed them in to the city on the 6th after the elections.

Marquez tells KHQ that "the direction the city wanted me to go and where it should go was in conflict with my future, I took issue with some of the mayors decisions." Marquez went on to explain that Mayor Todd Clary has "no law enforcement experience, but he was trying to make all the decisions." Marquez says he felt he had no choice but to resign.

KHQ called Mayor Todd Clary twice. We identified ourselves twice. Clary hung up on us twice and would not offer any comment.



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