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Akeley council puts police chief on paid leave

Akeley police chief Eric Klein has been placed on administrative leave with pay.

Mayor Jennifer Mitchell announced the decision at the end of the council's meeting this week, offering no further information.

The council scheduled a closed meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19 to meet with city attorney Steve Bolton on the matter.

Klein did not attend the meeting nor did he submit a monthly police report. His hours were cut to 20 at the end of December as a cost-saving measure for the city.