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Silver Lake Council ponders law enforcement options

Last year was a tough year for the Silver Lake Police Department, having not one, but two, police chiefs resign.
In May, Police Chief Forrest Henriksen submitted his resignation with plans to relocate. He left in September.
After a lengthy hiring process, a second chief, Kenneth Bradford, resigned after less than a week on the job.
With the resignation of the second chief, the City Council began looking at all law enforcement options for the city.
The city has had four police chiefs in the last 10 years.
The City Council had a work session Thursday, Jan. 14, to discuss what options would be best for police protection for the city.
Thirteen members of the public were in attendance at the meeting, including McLeod County Sheriff Scott Rehmann, Chief Deputy Tim Langenfeld and County Commissioner Ron Shimanski.
City Clerk Kerry Venier has been researching the options and presented the Council with five viable options.
A sixth option, to contract chief law enforcement officer duties with a neighboring community was presented, but not thoroughly discussed as neither Lester Prairie nor Winsted were interested in the arrangement, although both offered support if needed.

For more about the options being considered, see the Jan. 20 print edition of The Chronicle.