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Published September 11, 2010, 05:15 PM

ND town without police force after chief resigns

MAYVILLE, N.D. (AP) — The town of Mayville has been left without a police force after the resignation of its top law enforcement officer.

MAYVILLE, N.D. (AP) — The town of Mayville has been left without a police force after the resignation of its top law enforcement officer.

Mayor Donald Moen told the Grand Forks Herald that Traill County sheriff's deputies will patrol the community of 1,780 until local officials decide how to fix the police shortage.

"I don't want to do any knee-jerk reactions," he said.

Moen said the town could choose to re-staff its three-person police force or make a long-term deal with the sheriff's office.

Damon Bradshaw stepped down as police chief this week, citing both personal and professional reasons, Moen said. Bradshaw's last day was Thursday.

The resignation came within days of the City Council deciding to consider the reinstatement of former officer Jeremy Hanson. Bradshaw previously said Hanson was suspended for insubordination and performance issues, and he later resigned. Hanson, who'd been with the police department for three months, has since reconsidered his resignation.

The council has yet to schedule a hearing on his case.

The police department's third officer recently left for another job.

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