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Plainview statement on Chief Schneider

PLAINVIEW, Minn. (FOX 47) -- Despite a special city council meeting Thursday night, the future of Plainview Police Chief Tim Schneider remains uncertain.

Chief Schneider has been on paid leave since September following a complaint. However the nature of the complaint is still not being disclosed.

In a news release late Friday afternoon, the city did reveal an investigation into the complaint has now been concluded by Pamela L. VanderWiel, Attorney with Everett & VanderWiel, PLLP.

The main agenda issue at Thursday's meeting was to consider a separation and release agreement between the City and Chief Schneider. The council instead postponed discussion on the matter to a later date.

Plainview Police Chief, Tim Schneider
Plainview Police Chief, Tim Schneider

The full statement from Plainview:

PLAINVIEW, Minn — The substantive agenda item for the City of Plainview’s City Council special meeting on December 5, 2019 was Separation and Release Agreement Between City of Plainview and Tim Schneider. The city council approved a motion at its meeting to postpone this discussion to a later date.
Tim Schneider is currently employed by Plainview as the Chief of Police. He has been the Chief of Police since November 11, 2011. Plainview has not taken any disciplinary action against Schneider since he has been employed with the city.
Schneider has been on leave from the city since September 3, 2019. While Schneider has been on leave, Chief Law Enforcement Officer duties have been assigned to Investigator Ken Douglas.
There is a complaint against Schneider as defined under the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act. Plainview completed an investigation into the complaint. The investigation was conducted by a third party investigator - Pamela L. VanderWiel, Attorney with Everett & VanderWiel, PLLP. Plainview has not made any final disposition of the complaint.
The city takes any complaints against its law enforcement employees seriously and deliberately and takes any appropriate actions to resolve such complaints consistent with the law and city policies and procedures.
The city is confident that the Plainview Police Department will continue to provide law enforcement functions for the community safely, effectively, and efficiently.
Due to data privacy laws; primarily, Minnesota Statutes, section 13.43 (Personnel Data) providing that all data on city personnel is private (not public) unless otherwise expressly stated as public in such statute; the city cannot share any other information, at this point, related to this matter.

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