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Published March 17, 2011, 09:01 PM

Emerado, ND, City Council Holds Special Meeting on Law Enforcement Changes

The city council held a special meeting Thursday night to figure out if the city should hire a police chief or have the County Sheriff's Department handle emergency calls to the city.

The city of Emerado, ND, is losing its only police officer. Now some people in the town want to recall the mayor and a city council member.

The city council held a special meeting Thursday night to figure out if the city should hire a police chief or have the County Sheriff's Department handle emergency calls to the city.

There were very mixed opinions at the meeting as Emerado city leaders talked about how to handle not having a police force.

Neighboring Larimore contracts with the Sheriff's Department currently.

Emerado mayor Brent Aspinwall says he's going to talk to Larimore city leaders to find out how well that's handled.

WDAZ also talked with Aspinwall about why the town's longtime police chief, Tim Gillespie, resigned. Gillespie told WDAZ earlier this week that he resigned because of a lack of support from city leaders.

Last year, Aspinwall wasn't going to reappoint Gillespie as police chief. He later did reappoint Gillespie.

"I guess that's his opinion, but he did have support. The only thing we did was we cut his part-time officer position because of the budget. He has his new car he wanted. He has the equipment he wanted. He worked the hours he wanted to work," Aspinwall said.

The city council plans to make a decision about law enforcement on April 4th.

There's a group of around five people who have requested permission to get a recall petition from the Secretary of State.

They're trying to recall the mayor and council member Rob Griggs.

When asked the reason for their recall attempt at Thursday's meeting, members of that group of people say they have their reasons, but wouldn't elaborate.

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