(Red Wing, MN) — The city of Red Wing has fired its police chief. Last week, the city council voted 6-1 to oust Chief Roger Pohlman as a “disciplinary action” over alleged performance failures. This follows an ongoing conflict between the council and Pohlman mainly over issues of social justice and community policing. In a statement, the former chief said the decision was made in “secret,” and he declined the option to resign and retain some benefits. Some community members, Red Wing’s mayor and even a state Rep. have voiced support for Pohlman. The lone vote against removal came from Councilman Kim Beise, who said he could not support the move without giving Pohlman “a chance to address alleged shortcomings.”
Red Wing Police Chief Fired Following Controversial Vote
By Ashley Hanley|2021-02-22T06:21:47-06:00February 22nd, 2021|
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Ashley (Goettl) Hanley is a North Mankato native and Mankato West graduate who made the switch from TV journalism to radio. After five years at KEYC News 12, Ashley is thrilled to be working for KTOE News. Ashley and her husband John, and son John, enjoy spending time in the community. You can also find Ashley coaching and playing softball and supporting her brother on the MSU football team and her sister with Scarlet athletics. Even though she went to the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, Ashley kept her Minnesota roots and is a big Twins and Vikings fan!