Sheriff candidate being investigated

Freeborn County Sheriff's Office

ALBERT LEA, Minn. – A local sheriff’s deputy has thrown his hat into the election ring and found out the same day that he was being put on paid leave.

Freeborn County leaders say Deputy Dale Glazier is being investigated for misconduct after a report came in from a citizen.

Glazier has been working for the department since 2003 and had decided to run for sheriff against incumbent Bob Kindler and Deputy Kurt Freitag.

County leaders say they have no reason to believe these allegations had anything to do with the election.

“Two totally separate actions. Up here we don’t really deal with elections, we deal with such things as allegation of misconduct reports and then follow through based on what we need to do from there, whether there’s an election or not,” said Freeborn County Administrator John Kluever.

He said we should have more of an idea on what his future holds later this week.

“The investigation is currently, I believe on more of the second half or wrapping up. I know it started [Tues]day. It will be a fairly efficient and short investigation and everything is pending the outcome of that investigation at this point,” Kluever said.

He said typically the sheriff would play more of a role in an investigation like this, but because it is an election year Sheriff Kindler decided to step back on this one.

The investigation should be complete by the end of the week.

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