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BREAKING: Two Plainview city workers resign

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Interim Chief Mike Lavinge
Former Interim Police Chief Mike Lavinge

PLAINVIEW, Minn. (KTTC) -- The number of resignations in the City of Plainview continues to rise after two more employees quit on Tuesday.

Mayor Roger Ziebell confirmed to KTTC that on Tuesday morning, Interim Police Chief Mike Lavinge turned in his resignation. Later that night, City Administrator Clarissa Hadler also left her position. KTTC cannot confirm at this time if that resignation happened at Tuesday's city council meeting. A review review of the City Administrator was on Tuesday's agenda for closed session.

These resignations follow several months of investigating former Police Chief Tim Schneider, who was placed on paid leave in September after a complaint was filed against him. The exact nature of the complaint has not been officially disclosed, but a woman did come forward and give her testimony of his alleged actions at an earlier January meeting.

Schneider resigned in December. Following that, and days before a vote earlier this month on granting Schneider $9,500 in accrued paid time off, then Mayor Chip Cuccio resigned his office. That action cleared the way for Ziebell to return as mayor after previously stepping down in August of 2019 due to health concerns.

Ziebell tells KTTC the search for a new police chief could take 3 to 8 weeks, if they decide as a council to continue to have their own department. The city is currently having a committee look at the viability of continuing to have a separate police force or relying on the Wabasha County Sheriff's Office.

Zach Fuller

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