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Kelly placed on administrative leave

Marty Kelly, a Red Wing police officer and candidate for Goodhue County sheriff, was placed on paid administrative leave Friday, Oct. 5, 2018.

City Council Administrator Kay Kuhlman said on Monday this is due to allegations raised against him.

"We needed to do an investigation, so that's why he's on paid leave," she said.

Kelly had a brief statement.

"As far as what happened, I don't have a comment because I don't know why I'm placed on leave," he said in a phone call. "They refused to tell me."

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Police Chief Roger Pohlman is attending the International Association of Chiefs of Police annual conference in Orlando, Fla., and directed all questions to Kuhlmann.

An independent investigation will start this week, she said. "At this point we don't really have anything else to say."

The Republican Eagle filed data requests and received disciplinary actions under Minnesota Statute 13.43 on all sheriff candidates. Early last week the RE contacted the city with questions.

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Kelly, 52, is a 30-year veteran of the Red Wing Police Department and current patrol supervisor. He is running for Goodhue County sheriff for the second time, having lost to Scott McNurlin in 2010.

Paul Gielau, the sheriff's department patrol commander, is the other candidate on the Nov. 6 ballot. 

This story was updated 4:33 p.m. Oct. 8, 2018. 

Anne Jacobson

Anne Jacobson is news director with RiverTown Multimedia. 

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